Proclaiming – Good News for April 10

10 04 2010

Mark 16:9-15

When Jesus had risen, early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told his companions who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they did not believe.

After this he appeared in another form to two of them walking along on their way to the country. They returned and told the others; but they did not believe them either.

But later, as the Eleven were at table, he appeared to them and rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart because they had not believed those who saw him after he had been raised. He said to them, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

The Daily Path: Today is my mother’s 80th birthday. I find that hard to believe because only yesterday she was holding me on her lap as I drank warm milk from my bottle. And it couldn’t be well over four decades since she took my hand on the way to my first day of Kindergarten. The years have gone by so quickly, yet through it all my perspective of her hasn’t changed. To me, she’s still a young mother, full of the energy handed down from her own mother – who nearly hit the century mark before leaving us for her place in heaven.

Mom’s great gift is her compassion. She’s been mother to many more individuals than me. I’ve always said that the wealth Mom and Dad possess is not in material things. Instead they are rich in friendships and faith. Friends and acquaintances seek Mom when they are in need. When crisis hits their life she is one of the first they contact. In many cases, Mom is the one reaching out as she has the uncanny ability to sense need. Mom is the shoulder that tears fall on. She’s the ear that listens. If appropriate she may offer advice, and sometimes it’s stern counsel to wake someone up to reality. But always she offers genuine love.

If you’ve ever seen the film “The Green Mile” you may recall the condemned man who has the ability to draw illness out of other people by absorbing it into his own body. In some ways that is what my Mom does. She shares the burden others are carrying. She listens and gives a little piece of herself to those who need her.

You may ask what this has to do with today’s Gospel, the primary purpose of GNTG. Well my friends, I think it has a lot to do with it because in so many ways Mom has always done what Jesus asks: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”

Mom is not out there reciting chapter and verse. Her way is to live the teachings of the Gospel. She’s refuge to those in trouble. A friend to the stranger. She’s the devoted wife who cares for her husband. She’s the loving mother who witnesses the pain experienced by her son. She may not like all that has come her way in 80 years, but she accepts it as part of God’s plan, and in doing so proclaims volumes to everyone she touches.

With God’s permission, I’d like to do a little proclaiming of my own: “Happy Birthday, Mom. I love you and am very proud to be your son! Can we do another 52 together?”



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