Sunday was Mother's Day. And so we celebrated
mothers and motherhood in general. We all admitted that motherhood is
not easy, in fact it's downright challenging. We mothers try our best
but sometimes we miss the mark a bit. Sometimes we overfunction like the
mother of James and John in Matthew 20, who asked Jesus to let them sit
at his right hand and his left in his kingdom! Talk about
over-functioning!!!! Sometimes we get it right like the persistent widow
in Luke 18. I'm convinced that she was persistent with the judge
because she needed to win her lawsuit in order to keep a roof over the
heads and food on the plates of her children.
Whether we had ideal Moms or not, and whether we
were ideal Moms all the time or not, there are words of hope from
Julian of Norwich, a saint whom we celebrated on May 8. Julian is the
first woman to write a book in English and in it she recounted 16
visions she had of Christ. She lived, by the way, from 1342-1416. Her
book is called
Revelations of Divine Love and in it she celebrated an image of Jesus that was centuries ahead of its time...Jesus as our Mother.
She said that we owe our being to him and he
lovingly protects us. This, said Julian, is the essence of
motherhood. And she said, just as a mother provides nourishment with her
own milk to her child, our Mother Jesus feeds us with himself with the
holy sacrament of Eucharist.
So the truth is that all the while some of us
may have had a mother who failed us or all the while some of us failed
our children, we had a mystical mother, Jesus who was mothering and
filling in the gap. And we heard his mother's prayer for us in Sunday's
gospel. It is called Jesus' high priestly prayer. He prayed it at the
Last Supper. And in it he prays for his disciples and for us. Listen to
some of what he prayed:
They were yours and you gave them to me.
The words you gave me I gave to them.
While I was with them I protected them, I guarded them.
And now Father protect them from the evil one.
My mother's heart recognized those prayers as
prayers I have prayed for my own two children. I know my girls are yours
God and you asked me to raise them for you. I
did my best to share with them the words I
learned in church, and the words I heard from your heart. I did my best
to take care of them and to protect them from harm. And when they are
away from me, please protect them and keep them from both physical and
spiritual danger. Those were my prayers for my daughters.
Doesn't it do your heart good to know that Jesus, our Mother, is praying those things for us?
I love you all!