25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
Here near the end of the Gospel of John, we once again find Christ referring to his mother as Woman. It recalls the wedding at Cana and highlights the fact that Mary is intimately involved in Christ’s ministry from beginning to end. At Cana, Christ asked Mary if his hour had come. Here, at Calvary it truly has.
It alludes to Genesis 3 at the very moment when the seed of the woman is bruised and when the serpent’s head is crushed.
The passage also points forward to Revelation 12. The term “woman” does this, of course. But there is also the fact that the woman is given a new child in the person of the beloved disciple. In Revelation it is said that the woman has other offspring who are “those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus.” Who are these if not beloved disciples?
In this spiritual adoption we also see another dimension. Eve was called the mother of the living. But because of Mary’s spiritual adoption of the beloved disciple, and her motherhood of the “other offspring,” we come to see that Mary is the mother of all those who have new life in Christ.
Finally, you may have noticed that most of the posts on Mary as the New Eve have focused on Johannine literature. In this passage we find the explanation. The beloved disciple is traditionally identified as John. Mary figures prominently in John’s Gospel and Apocalypse because of all the authors of the New Testament he was uniquely positioned to meditate on Mary’s relationship with her Son, as well as her “other offspring.”