Priceless Gifts

Today, Jesus addresses His disciples saying: Do not let your hearts be troubled. As we celebrate Mother’s Day today, Jesus is addressing us with the same words, but in relation to our Mothers. He says we should set our hearts at ease because He has given us mothers as special gifts, to use their ability to find quick, clever and innovative ways to overcome every difficulty and challenge. Mothers are indeed priceless gifts from God to every family and our world.

No wonder the last gift Jesus Christ offered before breathing His last was the gift of a mother: ‘When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.”’ The young church which Jesus was leaving needs a motherly figure and love to grow and develop into what God has ordained it to be. In the same way we need a mother figure in our lives to experience this nurturing and growth.

The church is also called ‘Mother’ because it is all-embracing and leading all to God. With wisdom and the grace of the Holy Spirit, the young church was able to solve the problem of discrimination in our first reading, and all were pleased. Can you imagine how a home will be with a mother yet no wisdom and the grace of the Holy Spirit. Because mothers are God’s special gift to us, He has endowed them with wisdom so they can tactfully manage whoever and whatever is placed under their care.

Without mothers, our stories would have dramatically different endings. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, that can be compared with a mother’s love. Apart from God’s love, the next place of safety and solace is the shelter of a mother’s love. Have you pondered over why our mothers are always healthy and usually not completely down with sickness? The major cause of multiple illnesses is stress and there is no single profession, position, vocation or responsibility more stressful than motherhood; yet, they’re up every morning, doing what they know how to do best – caring for all, just like God.

All that we are, or hope to be, we owe to our angel mother or a mother figure in our lives. Thank God for their presence in our lives and appreciate them today in your own small way. If you are a mother, I celebrate you in a special way. God bless you.
(Acts 6:1-7; Ps. 33; 1Pet. 2:4-9; Jn. 14:1-12)


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