We think of love as being selfless and unsullied, but when is it not mixed up with something else - such as the desire to possess, the need to control, the need to be needed or the instinct to foster our own self interest?
In these meditations on the Passion narratives in John's Gospel, Martin L. Smith shows how, in the Christian mystery, love as we often understand it must die in order to be reborn as the grace of communion, as love set free.
As Mary the mother of Jesus and the Beloved Disciple pledge themselves to each other's care at the foot of the cross, we see Jesus' new commandment that we love one another placed directly in the vortex of his death and self-offering. Here, all sentimental or selfish notions of love are transformed.
As the Beloved Disciple takes Mary into his home, this book shows us a model household of faith from which the church's authentic identity derives its origin.
'Fresh insights and emphases, which the reader will need take time to assimilate ... The final meditation on the silence of the tomb is very moving ... This book will repay quiet and prayerful study. It is pre-eminently suitable for Lent reading and meditation.' -- Martin SSF Vol. 24 No. 3 2012 'Smith's insights ... all made me stop and think. It would be easy to read this book quickly, but to do so would be a waste. It would be a fine companion for a Lenten retreat or quiet day, or daily reading for Holy Week.' -- Len Driver 201201