Posted by Fr. Thomas Fitzpatrick, Rector of St. Joseph Cathedral
Happy Mother’s Day! It is a perfect day to honor our mothers; we are in the sixth week of Easter and in the month of our Blessed Mother. We all have a special place reserved in our hearts for their sacrifice and love, because there is nothing better than a mother’s love.
Ah yes … a mother’s love. The last time I was home, my mother got after me at the way I was holding my pencil … a mother’s love. If any of her children were unmannerly at the dinner table and needed to be corrected? … a mother’s love. A washcloth to our fevered brow? … a mother’s love. Constant training in the faith and not letting us get away with anything? … a mother’s love.
Mothers are not called to be our best friends because they are called to something greater that transcends friendship. If you ask people who their best friend is, usually their mother isn’t mentioned because they are in a totally different and more esteemed class. While no mother would say they are perfect, at the very least any mistakes they may have made were borne of love.
As we joyfully continue to celebrate this season of Christ’s resurrection we have a perfect opportunity to live in gratitude. The deliverance through Christ from the power of sin and death gives us life. He bore our trials and through His sacrifice has redeemed us. For all of us who love our mother because of their sacrifice, perseverance and love, we are able to gain insight into why we can love our Lord; he saves us from the one thing our mother’s cannot.
The promise and fulfillment we receive from our Lord in today’s Gospel is an invitation to a life of true freedom; we remain in His love by following the Commandments and the Gospel which enable us to live through our capacities for what is good, just and true. It’s the way of life we aspire to naturally but can never be fulfilled by advertised products or an identity assumed by what we see and read. Purity of heart and confidence flows from our attachment to Christ the vine.
Christ rushes to rescue us through forgiveness and grace quicker and with less hesitation than a mother entering a burning building to save her child. Our Blessed Mother loves us with a tenderness and care that could make our biological mothers blush with envy. All these gifts have been laid at our feet by our loving Father. This is how and why we live in joy this season and in thanksgiving for our mothers. We face the trials and toils of life, but we have our mothers and the graces flowing from heaven to see us through to the reward of eternal glory. So it’s a party day! … thankful for our mothers, and joyful in our redemption through Christ.