When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother." From that time on, this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26,27).
After this, Jesus went around in Galilee, purposely staying away from Judea because the Jews there were waiting to take his life. But when the Jewish Feast of Tabernacles was near, Jesus' brothers said to him, "You ought to leave here and go to Judea, so that your disciples may see the miracles you do. No one who wants to become a public figure acts in secret. Since you are doing these things, show yourself to the world." For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (John 7:1-5)
But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God. (1 Tim 5:4)
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. (James 1:27)
But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.Clearly, the Lord's apostle taught the heavenly Jerusalem is the mother of the church and not Mary. It should also be mentioned that the last time Mary is mentioned in the epistles is in this same chapter, but she was not named, even in the slightest way, as having any exalted role, as would be expected, if she was then the mother of the church. This is how Mary was referred to:
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, (Gal 4:4)Mary is shown in Galatians 4 to be just a woman and nothing more. Had Paul believed Mary was the Mother of the Church he had a golden opportunity at Galatians 4 to mention it but didn't!
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too. (Rom 16:13)Rufus' mother was like a mother to Paul and the only mother figure he mentions. If Mary was the mother of the church, as some read into John 19:26,27, could Paul have stated this without a mention of Mary? Never!
Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother." (Mat 12:49,50)
"Who are my mother and my brothers?" he asked. Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does God's will is my brother and sister and mother." (Mark 3:33-35)
Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd. Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you." He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice." (Luke 8:19-21)
One must also wonder why John never exalted Mary, or even mentioned her, in any of his epistles! The same can be said about Peter, whom Catholics were taught was the first pope. Certainly, he should have exalted Mary, like so many other popes have done throughout the centuries, but he apparently didn't think she had any special role in the various subjects he addressed in his epistles, which included salvation and prayer.
While Jesus was saying these things, one of the women in the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, "Blessed is the womb that bore You and the breasts at which You nursed." But He said, "On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it." (Luke 11:27,28)It was as though a present-day Catholic, who was trying to over-exalt Mary in Jesus' presence, was there and was openly refuted in public by the Lord.
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) and said, "Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through the mouth of David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus - he was one of our number and shared in this ministry." (With the reward he got for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) "For," said Peter, "it is written in the book of Psalms, " 'May his place be deserted; let there be no one to dwell in it,' and, " 'May another take his place of leadership.' Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from John's baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection." So they proposed two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. Then they prayed, "Lord, you know everyone's heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs." Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles. (Acts 1:14-26)Peter and John were present, but again there is the absence of any kind of special honor that was given to Mary, even though she was supposed to be the Mother of the church at this point and allegedly declared such just several weeks before!
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.If Mary is the Mother of the Church, why don't we have any words of wisdom from her to guide us? She wrote no New Testament books. Also, why aren't we shown that Mary was gently caring for the new converts to Christianity, as we would think is fitting for such a role:
But we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children. (1 Thess 2:7)But the point to all this is Mary is never shown by title or inference, in the whole of Scripture, to be the Mother of the Church, as Catholics think. In fact, there is more Scriptural evidence to deny this Catholic teaching than to affirm it.
To focus exclusively in on Jn. 19:26,27 to get this teaching is to mislead precious souls away from the truth and into something different than what the Bible declares about this issue, which has lead to the spiritual destruction of people who are trying to reach out to God, but doing it in an unscriptural manner. Salvation is only found in Jesus. We get to Him by going to Him sincerely and repentfully, but never through Mary, who is not mother of the church, according to biblical evidence.