Whose Side Are You On? – Those Who Witnessed the Passion
– by Carlos Mantica
She is always present at the turning points of her son’s life, but always in the background, silent and humble. It is the handmaid of the Lord. She never breaks down with sorrow.
I have said some time that her husband, the Holy Spirit, was undoubtedly in her and with her at all times. ‘Full of grace, the Lord is with you!’ Otherwise, it would be impossible to understand such steadfastness, such strength, such elegance and majesty in a woman, a widow who would hardly be fifty years old, and who is now losing her only child in a dreadful death.
If a tree is known by its fruit, she must have been an extraordinary woman, if she conceived and brought up such a child. He’s just like Mary, and Mary is just like him. That is why the two of them are now actually on the scaffold. In his case, the nails are going through his hands and feet. In her case, a sword of sorrow is going through her heart, as had been prophesied to her.
Carlos Mantica is a founder of The City of God community (La Cuidad de Dios) in Managua, Nicaragua, and a founding leader of the Sword of the Spirit. He served as president of the Sword of the Spirit between 1991 and 1995. Adapted from the book, From Egghead to Birdhood (hatch or rot as a Christian), © copyright 2001 Carlos Mantica.