Our Mothers – Good News for May 9

9 05 2010

John 14:23-29

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me.

“I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father; for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe.”

The Daily Path: Today is Sunday and Mother’s Day. Let’s honor our Father today by holding close all those who He has called to provide a mother’s love to us in this life.

To all my Moms – I love you!

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?”

Mother Jesus – Good News for May 10

10 05 2009

John 15:1-8

Jesus said to his disciples, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and every one that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.

Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you. By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”

The Daily Path: Today we celebrate and recognize the mothers in our lives. The ones who bring us into this world, nourish us, bandage our boo-boos, comfort and care for us. In so many ways mothers are also the vine of life. 

While reading today’s Gospel, I could see what a great mom Jesus is. He’s constantly picking us up when we fall off our bike. He dries the tears, cleans and bandages the wound, gives a big hug while sharing how much He loves us, then sends us back on our way. He protects us as we grow and is tough when He needs to be. And like so many moms, He’s always there at the ready when we need Him.

Happy Mother’s Day, Jesus.

Room to Chat: To Florence, Betty, Claire and Anne (my grandmother, godmother, mom, and incredible wife) and to all the moms who’ve come into my life… THANK YOU for all the Band-Aids you’ve applied over the years. I love you.