Jesus’ Mother and Ours
A Mother’s Day message for all, but especially for those whose loving mother is no longer with them on earth, and those whom never had a loving relationship with their biological mother. For just as a loving mother will always be there for you (even in death, for I believe there is never a division between the communication of those who love one another), there, too, is Jesus’ mother:
As Mother’s Day approaches, it is an opportune time to ponder the nature of Mary in relation to all of us. As Christ’s disciples, Mary is our Mother.
I feel this is a time when all might take extra moments to honor not only our mother or those who have served as such during our earthly life, but also Mother of God, Mary.
Mary gives us a perfect example of the attributes of love we seek to develop: humility, trust, acceptance, obedience, patience, honesty, chastity, and mercy. These character traits, personified by Mary, exemplify how to approach our Heavenly Father as well as our family and loved ones. Their development allows us to rest in God even when the world brings frustration and difficulties.
Mary helps us to manifest the fruits of love to others, gentle caring and nurturing, in the midst of uncertainty and suffering. She is the epitome of faith, helping us to live what we believe. And for women, Mary provides a wonderful example of how best to relate to the men in our lives (be they our husband, son, father, brother or friend).
In her humanity, and in her free will, she chose to be “handmaid of the Lord,” proving for us that despite our human weakness, limitations and temptations of the world, we can choose holiness and obedience. She, a human being like us, has shown it is possible to truly love with all one’s heart, soul and mind.
It is important, too, to always remember our Holy Mother, like a loving earthly mother, is always ready to intercede on our behalf. Her love is endless. Our advocate, she hears our prayers, and bestows a peace and hope only a loving parent can provide. With her, we can more readily know how to endeavor to live a life of grace, turning away from our weakness and embracing God’s will for our lives. She is a model of virtue, showing us that we can turn away from that which is evil, and she is always there offering her guidance and encouragement as a loving mother does.
Mother Mary was responsible for bringing many of us to knowledge of her son Jesus Christ. Praying, speaking to her, brought an assurance, comfort, and trust not experienced before. Personally, it made me able to again pray to God our Father, to embrace the grace and love of Jesus for me, and to knowingly welcome the Holy Spirit. Every day I am aware of how this came to be; praying the Rosary is a way of expressing my gratitude even as it opens greater understanding.
Regardless of whether you have a loving relationship with your biological mother or not, or if you did and she has passed onto Heaven, know that your Mother Mary, too, is always there for you, understanding your deepest feelings. You need never feel alone.
As Jesus proclaimed, “…Behold thy mother!” (John 19: 27, KJV)
To love her, to know her, is a most gracious blessing for each of us. Speak to her in prayer of appreciation and devotion this Mother’s Day, and all days reflect her example for your daily interactions with others. She will bring you closer to her Son, and make it possible to better relate to all in your life.