Today is Mother’s Day
As this day has been designated to us as the time to honor our mothers, and we comply. We look for unique and original ways to express our love. We purchase beautiful flowers for the home, garden and even grave. We may prepare meals for them or take our mothers out for dinner.
While all of this fuss is occurring today, our First Reading expresses concern over the widows (mothers) of the primitive Christian Church. They were not receiving the appropriate charity and getting enough food. Usually, it is our mothers who fuss in the kitchen so that we have enough food. In difficult times, they are the ones who can make a meal out of so little. When we sat at their table, we never realized how little we had, because whatever they prepared overflowed with love.
In the First Reading, the mothers were in need of attention. When Jesus encounters the woman at the well, He asks her for a drink. Jesus thirsts for her. He thirsts for her attention. He thirsts for her heart. He thirsts for us, as well.
Last week, He identified Himself as the ideal shepherd, the one we are drawn to because of His great goodness. That passage ended with the promise: “I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
Today He tells us how that can happen to us: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” Each of those things are not in us because we, the flock, must allow ourselves to be led. As we receive each of them from Jesus, He promises us: “No one can come to the Father except through Me.”
As we consider what it might mean for us to be led, we remember our mothers who led us with love. We trusted them as they held our lives in their hands. It is because of our mothers that we can understand what God’s love is like.
As we honor them today, let us return to them the very thing they are thirsting for: our love and our prayers- the very things they gave to us.