How appropriate today’s gospel (John 15:9-17) is as we celebrate Mother’s Day. Jesus talks about love and commands us to love one another as he has loved us. He reminds us that real love is sacrificial, “There is no greater love than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Mothers are known for their devotion to their children and the awesome sacrifices they make on behalf of their children. Indeed, their love is so intense that they are often incapable of believing anything bad about their children no matter how much evidence to the contrary. Still even the most hardened criminal will have a soft spot in his heart for his mother as he remembers all the love, affection, and discipline she gave to him.
Today, let us remember our mothers, living or deceased, and give thanks to God for the blessings they have been in our lives.
- Fr. Carl