Realizing Jesus saw many people and things from the heights of the Cross including conversations he had, I put together this list for your edification.

Please do not distribute or sell since I use this for Radio Show Talking Points. Just for your personal edification — and thanks! I posted in honor of Teresa Tomeo who requested I provide this lists for her listeners on Ave Maria Radio and EWTN.


People at the Foot of the Cross

Eighteen people, groups and entities at the foot of the Cross. A topic for profound, prayerful meditation on Good Friday

1.  Mother Mary and St. John (Mary becomes mother of all disciples)

    • John 19:25–27  “But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother … When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved [John] standing near, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.”

2.  Holy Women (several Marys, Joanna, Salome)

    • Matthew 27:55–56  “There were also many women there, looking on from afar, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to him; among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee.”
    • John 19:25  “So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.
    • Luke 23:49  “And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.

3.  Taunting Jews

    • Luke 23:35  “And the people stood by, watching; but the rulers scoffed at him, saying, “He saved others; let him save himself, if he is the Christ of God, his Chosen One!”
    • Matthew 27:46–49  “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabach-thani?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “This man is calling Elijah.” … But the others said, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to save him.”

4.  Believing Jews and Acquaintances

    • Luke 23:48  “And all the multitudes who assembled to see the sight, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.”
    • Luke 23:49  “And all his acquaintances and the women who had followed him from Galilee stood at a distance and saw these things.”

5.  Simon the Cyrene

  • Through contact with Jesus and his Cross he became a believer along with his famous sons: Rufous and Alexander
    • Matthew 27:32  “As they went out, they came upon a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; this man they compelled to carry his cross.”
    • Mark 15:21  “And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross.”
    • Romans 16:13  “Greet Rufus, eminent in the Lord, also his mother and mine.”

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