Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers.
I am proud to say I am a mother of 2 wonderful teenagers. It is a wonderful blessing that I was able to be part of God’s plan by raising my children. They definitely enhanced my life. Being a parent is the hardest and most rewarding job. I could just hear in my head what my mother always said, “Just wait until you have your own children, then you will understand what I am trying to teach you.” My mother passed away 5 years ago, and I am still wondering what she meant at times. But there are somethings that I say to my children that my mom said to me when I was growing up. Like, be home before dark, brush your teeth, and say your prayers. I can remember the image of her when I was very small. She was sitting in the rocker in the living room crocheting slippers. She stopped her work and leaned forward toward me. In a soft voice whispering in my ear. “Yes, you can get a cookie and eat it in the kitchen.” Other years when I was growing up, I can remember when she would ask me about school. “What did the teacher say? Did you finish your lunch? Then what did she say…?” There would be a list of questions. I used to think why didn’t she just come to school with me and all her questions would be answered. I never realized I would be doing that with my own children. They kind of just look at me like it is very strange for me to be asking them questions. They would attempt to answer in one word sentences. Besides all the challenges that a parent must solve, many times I realized without my faith I could have never made it through. Looking at Mary, our heavenly mother and all that she had to endure raising Jesus, put my parenting in perspective. If it was not for Mary’s faith in God and her saying yes to be the mother of Jesus, we would be living in a very different world. And how did Mary endure traveling on a donkey while 9 months pregnant. I don’t know how she must have endured watching Jesus through his passion and crucifixion. Even though there is very little in the bible that mentions Mary and the life with Jesus and Joseph, we know she was a faithful servant. She is the perfect example for all of us to reflect on her life and her strong faith. All Mary wants from us is to love and be devoted to her son Jesus. She knows what’s best for her children. So Happy Mother’s Day Mary, my mother.
No Mary, no Jesus.