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Seasonal Reflection

MARY - EVERYONE'S MOTHER

On May 11, Mother's Day, restaurants will be overflowing, the fragrance of flowers will fill homes, and millions of cards will attempt to express in words our gratitude for the love our Moms have showered us with through the years.

My guess is that our efforts at expressing gratitude and love to our Mothers will pale in comparison to the countless expressions of love that we’ve received from our moms over the years. But the effort is important because it says we recognize the blessings we’ve received.

Of course, it also goes without saying that this one 'special day' for mothers is symbolic of our ongoing gratitude for the blessings our Mothers have been to us, are to us, and continue to be for us.


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"Seeing his mother there with the disciple whom he loved, Jesus said to his mother,'‘Woman, there is your son.' In turn he said to the disciple, 'There is your mother.'" (Jn. 19:26-27) In this tender moment from the Cross, when Jesus placed his Mother, Mary, in the care of John and vice versa, we see our connection to Mary. Through the Beloved Disciple, who represents all Christians, Mary has become the Mother of the Universal Church. She is our Mother!

Madonna and ChildOf course, the greatest 'motherly' expression of love that Mary has given to us is her fiat – "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Lk. 1:38) Her 'Yes' to bearing God's Son is a blessing for all humanity. In the face of all her fears and confusion at the words of God's messenger, she nonetheless courageously opened herself fully to God's Word and to His plan of salvation. This is Mary's gift to the human family. She is the vessel of our Salvation and has blessed us with her YES.

The best way you and I can express our gratitude to Mary for her motherly expression of love to the human family is to live lives that mirror her openness to God's Word. Allowing God's Word to take deep root in our hearts is not an easy thing. It requires a letting go of our plans, our hopes, and our dreams and allowing God's dream to direct what we do each day. This is precisely what Mary did when she consented to God's will. Madonna and ChildAs we make room in our hearts for God's Word we too will birth Christ into the world, just as Mary did. We do this birthing in a myriad of ways. Fighting for justice, responding to the needs of the poor and vulnerable, forgiving someone who has hurt us, welcoming the stranger, sheltering the homeless, caring for the environment, and so on are the ways we make Christ's presence in our world more visible and tangible.

So, as we remember Mary, OUR Mother, this month (as well as our own Mothers), let us express our gratitude for her incredible gift by faithfully living the Gospel. It's a gift that will pale in comparison to what she has given us. Yet it's a gift worth giving and one that will bring a smile to the face of Mary: Everyone's Mother.

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Maddona and Child
Allowing
God’s Word
to take deep root
in our hearts
is not an
easy thing.

It requires
a letting go
of our plans,
our hopes,
and our dreams
and allowing
God’s dream
to direct what
we do each day.

This is precisely
what Mary did
when she consented
to God’s will.

 

 

 

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