I would like to share some of my reflections on the Blessed Mother in the Gospel of John. Please feel free to critique or comment. I believe that while the Gospel of Luke focuses on Mary as a person ( full of grace, hanmaid of the Lord, believer), the Gospel of John focuses on Mary’s function in the economy of salvation. Notice, John never mentions her by name. Instead, she is referred to as “mother of Christ” and “woman.” This, I believe, is meant to emphasize her function as mother of the savior and the “New Eve.” Genesis 3:15 comes to mind. John is full of Genesis imagery. For example, it starts with “In the beginning,” just like Genesis. If you add up the days from John 1:19 to John 2:1 (the “third day”) the result is seven days (4 + 3), which reminds us of the seven days of creation. Jesus also performs seven signs, the seventh being the resurrection of Lazarus. The crucifixion takes place in a garden (John 19:41) in which a “woman” is present (i.e. Mary), just like the fall of man (“garden of eden” and Eve). In Genesis, Eve was originally called “woman” by Adam before the Fall. After the Fall, however, Adam called her “mother of the living.” In John, Jesus, the new Adam, calls his mother “woman” before the crucifixion. At the crucifixion, he gives her a new role by saying “Woman, behold your son,” making her the new and true “mother of the living.” In Genesis, Eve initiates the process that led to the entrance of sin in the world. In John, Mary initiates the process (i.e the wedding feast at Cana) that would lead to the salvation of mankind.