Sunday, May 9, 2010
Happy Mother's Day!
Mary is our model for motherhood, whether one is a single mother, married, or a religious. Mary was a single mother: pregnant before marriage and raising Jesus alone after the death of Joseph, her spouse. She was married and took care of Joseph too. (I'm sure she would get annoyed with Joseph!) She knew what it was like to be poor and to long to give her son the best. She knew the joys and sorrows of being a mother. She enjoyed his laughter, feeding him, "Mothering" him. She saw her Son ridiculed. She was hurt unintentionally by him as he grew older and more independent (Lk 2:48). She was a spiritual mother, especially after his death. She was the mother of the Apostles, the early Church, and the Church today.
Now a question...from whom did Mary learn all these things as her motherhood changed? Who else but from God. And if God taught Mary how to be a mother, how motherly must God be? Isaiah 66:13: As one whom his mother comforts, so will I comfort you. Isaiah 49:15: Can a woman forget her sucking child?...I will not forget you.