“See Mother, I make all things new.”
This is the heart-wrenching line the makers of The Passion film have Jesus utter after He meets His Mother.
He is already so bloody, He’s hard to recognize. He’s fallen. The filmmakers show a crowd of chaos around Him as He struggles on the ground, dirt clinging to His sweating Body.
John watches from afar, brave enough to follow but staying back from the scene. But Mary rounds the corner and sees Him, her Son.
And as she watches Him fall, she sees Him as a little child, stumbling as He plays.
And she runs to Him, just like she did then. She runs to make it all better, to hold Him and tell Him it’s alright, He’s not alone. Someone saw Him fall and is there.
In the flashback, she picks up her little son.
In the moment, she rushes past the chaos- it doesn’t matter. Nothing matters except her Son, who has fallen and is suffering.
She clings to Him and says, “I’m here.” She just wants to make it better, to comfort Him.
They both know He has to do this. They both know He has a long way to go and much worse suffering ahead on that path.
But in that moment, it’s just the two of them and their hearts, their love for each other.
He reaches up to grab her face, to focus on it and to let her presence steady Him. And after gazing at her for a moment, He says it:
“See, Mother. I make all things new.”
And Mary’s little son, now a strong man, strong enough to carry the weight of all mankind’s broken sins, stands back up and embraces His cross.
Now, He can keep going. She has given Him strength.
This less than two minute scene in this masterpiece of a movie is the most powerful depiction of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
He loves us so much, more than words can express or the mind can comprehend. Enough to spend all of eternity trying to absorb.
And we who love Him are Mary. We just want to console the beautiful Heart of Jesus. We want to tell Him we’re here, and we love Him, and we will be with Him to the very end.
Mary’s pierced, Immaculate Heart is our inspiration: to be so consumed with love and sorrow for our Lord’s suffering that we run to Him always.
Nothing else matters, but His precious heart.
Here’s a link to the scene on YouTube.
Reflection on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th.