“She is clothed in strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come”
As a son, husband, and father of daughters, my regard for mothers, past, present and future is suitably high.
As we focus on Mother’s Day, we can refer to an extraordinary mother, Mary. Life’s circumstances are complex, but consider the context of Mary; teenage, pregnant via miracle, bringing the Son of God into the world. Her relationship status: It’s complicated.
Consider her journey together with Joseph, both literal and figurative, from Jesus’ birth to his death and resurrection. Imagine raising this child, instructing and caring for the Christ! The agony of watching your son die and the jubilation of his resurrection. Reconciling the human who is her son, and the person who is the living Incarnation of Christ. Having said all this, suspect that whatever stage of life Jesus was in, Mary would forever remember him as a baby. Suffice it to say that there was a lot riding on her motherhood.
A lot of society depends on mothers: in the workplace, in government, in leadership, in the home, in the family. Literal mothers, and women who are mothers in many of life’s contexts.
Strength. Dignity. Humour. And above all. Love. A distinct identity and state of consciousness. A sense of being. With unique tensions in emotion and thought. In all of life’s choices. The burdens of these choices. The indescribable joy, and suffering.
So celebrate and remember the mothers in your life. I’m sure that Jesus did.
And if you are reading this, and consider yourself a mother: Thank you. For life. For love.
Make sure you have a good laugh.