The Deacon’s Corner
Sometimes, I think the hardest thing a parent must do is love their children enough to say ‘no’ because saying ‘yes’ may only harm them even more.
Even God says “no”. When Jesus prayed in the garden for this cup to pass him by – God told Him “no.” Jesus said “no”, too. He told the devil “no” in the desert. He told Peter “no” a number of times. He told the man “no” who wanted to be a disciple but first bury his dead father. Jesus told Martha “no” when she wanted her sister to help prepare for the guests. He told His Apostles “no” when they were not ready to hear the answers to the questions they asked. He told them a very strong “no!” when they wanted fire from heaven to destroy those who rejected them. At first, Jesus said “no” to healing his best friend Lazarus lying on his death bed. He told his disciples “no, you feed them” when they were looking for a way out of feeding the massive crowd just before His miracle with a few pieces of fish and bread. Jesus even said ‘no’ sometimes when people wanted miracles worked. Jesus knew when to say “no”, and when to say “yes.”
So, what is love if we cannot always say “yes” to our children or agree with what they are doing? That’s a great question to ask on Mother’s Day. Because, we only need to look at a mother’s love to see how Jesus loved others and how God loves us. Mom’s love with self-giving sacrifice by putting their family’s needs ahead of their own. A love so intense that they would rather die on a cross before seeing us harmed by something evil.
God loves us so much that there is nothing we can do to make Him stop even if we don’t like it when He says “no.” Moms do too. Thank you, moms, for showing us how to love as Jesus loved, and loving us enough to know when to say yes and when to say ‘no’. May you have a very Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day.