Dear St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart,
Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to all of our Moms this weekend!
A couple of weeks ago, I had another coronavirus-induced first: a classroom visit with our students at Sacred Heart via Zoom. It was a great time of barely controlled chaos! The theme I talked about with them was how May is a month dedicated to Mother Mary.
This month, when we see the world brimming with new life, we remember in a particular way Mary’s “Yes” that brought Jesus into the world. This “yes” changed not only her life but also the whole world. Her example is preeminent for us in showing us the openness we all strive for in our spiritual lives in being open to God. Mary is above all the model disciple, showing us what it looks like to follow Jesus and let our lives be shaped by God’s will.
The shape that Mary’s discipleship took was the very thing our country celebrates today: motherhood. Being a Mom shaped her life and also her eternity. At the foot of the cross, Jesus entrusted the whole Church to her care when He told the disciple John: “Behold your mother!” Since then, Mary has topped the prayer chain of Christians as we ask for her care and intercession for us.
In 2010, there was a book that landed on the New York Times bestseller list called Heaven is for Real. It is the real-life story of a little boy, Colton, who had a near-death experience during which he went to Heaven. It is a powerful story and well worth the read. I love a little snippet from the end of the book where Colton’s parents answer some follow-up questions people have asked:
“A lot of our Catholic friends have asked whether Colton saw Mary, the mother of Jesus. The answer to that is also yes. He saw Mary kneeling before the throne of God and at other times, standing beside Jesus. ‘She still loves him like a mom,’ Colton said.”
That is an image of Mary’s eternity, Mary’s heaven. There, kneeling before the throne of God or standing before Jesus, she loves Him and loves us like a Mom.
Today we want to take time to thank God for our own Moms who have also said yes and let their lives be shaped by that yes. To thank God for all the many sacrifices we too often took/take for granted. And hopefully, if your Mom is still living and you are able to see her, you can tell her thank you in person!
An Irish Blessing
There is but one and only one,
Whose love will fail you never.
One who lives from sun to sun,
With constant fond endeavor.
There is but one and only one
On earth there is no other.
In heaven a noble work was done
When God gave us a Mother.
– Author Unknown