A Mother’s Love
Happy Mother’s Day! In the gospel reading this Saturday, we are told the story of when Mary saw Jesus on the cross. John, one of Jesus’ disciples, took Mary, the mother of Jesus; her sister; Mary, the wife of Clopas; and Mary Magdalene to Jesus. Jesus tells his mother “Here is your son,” referring to John. And he tells John “Here is your mother,” referring to His mother. At that moment, Jesus is telling them to take care of each other, to treat each other as a mother and son should.
A mother’s love begins the minute she finds out she is having a child. It could be a child she gives birth to or one she adopts. It could even be a family member or a neighbor who needs caring for. And a mother could be anyone who has ever loved and cared for someone else, and worried about them. A mother and child relationship can begin at any time. For Mary and John, it began the day Jesus died on the cross.
This week is Mother’s Day so let us celebrate all of our mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers, the mothers that gave birth to us as well as all the mothers who have taken care of us throughout our lives. Let us commemorate all our mothers who have passed. And let us pray for all the mothers who have cried for us, to give them the strength that Mary had, the strength that God gave her, to endure even the most unimaginable thing in life.
Christ is Risen!