This question is often asked of Protestants in regards to the brother of the Lord but I have never heard or remember hearing a Catholic response. Why John?
Jhn 19:26-27 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!
Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own [home].
Why would Mary have gone with John and not with the children of Joseph from his previous marriage? It is the Orthodox view that James is the step-brother of Jesus from a previous marriage of Joseph. Why John and not her own family? James would become the distinguished Bishop of the Jerusalem Church.
She traveled with them it appears or some family members:
Luk 8:19-20 Then came to him [his] mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. And it was told him [by certain] which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee.
This is a synopsis of your view from the following website:
Today, the most commonly accepted view is that they were Jesus’ cousins. Of the four “brethren” who are named in the Gospels, consider, for the sake of argument, only James. Similar reasoning can be used for the other three. We know that James the younger’s mother was named Mary. Look at the descriptions of the women standing beneath the cross: “among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee” (Matt. 27:56); “There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome” (Mark 15:40).
Then look at what John says: “But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene” (John 19:25). If we compare these parallel accounts of the scene of the crucifixion, we see that the mother of James and Joseph must be the wife of Clopas. So far, so good.
An argument against this, though, is that James is elsewhere (Matt. 10:3) described as the son of Alphaeus, which would mean this Mary, whoever she was, was the wife of both Clopas and Alphaeus. But Alphaeus and Clopas are the same person, since the Aramaic name for Alphaeus could be rendered in Greek either as Alphaeus or as Clopas. Another possibility is that Alphaeus took a Greek name similar to his Jewish name, the way that Saul took the name Paul.
So it’s probable that James the younger is the son of Mary and Clopas. The second-century historian Hegesippus explains that Clopas was the brother of Joseph, the foster-father of Jesus. James would thus be Joseph’s nephew and a cousin of Jesus, who was Joseph’s putative son.
Clopas is the brother of Joseph according to your view. Her deceased husband’s brother. These children are her nephews. It would have been somewhat customary for the surviving brother to be involved in her care based upon
Deut 25:5 or certainly the rest of her family.
Is it the Catholic contention that Mary had NO surviving family. Elizabeth? Salome?
Why would she have gone with John?
NOTE: Do not just use scripture. If there are patristic traditions that state that Mary had no family; please share them.