During this month of May, we celebrate Mother’s Day, and we also celebrate Mary, our mother. Although I have not been able to celebrate this holiday with my mom for over 30 years, it remains a very special time for me, indeed for all of us, for we all have a mom. A birth mom, an adopted mom, a foster mom; one of the common traits we have as humans is that we have a mom. In addition, in His infinite wisdom, God gave each and every one of us another Mom, Mary.
Mary is our example to follow when we are trying to build a life of virtue. Patience: Mary was visited by an angel, who told her that she was to become the mother of God. This angel then vanished, appearing to Joseph, but never again to Mary. He wasn’t there to give her direction, to advise her when things didn’t look so good. Mary patiently went on with her life, raising Jesus and taking care of Joseph and their home. Wisdom and understanding: Mary was the first teacher of Jesus, who stumped the teachers in the Temple when he was 12 years old. When it was time for Jesus to begin his public ministry, Mary was there, gently prodding, telling the servants at Cana to ‘do whatever he tells you.’ She is here for us today, to encourage us, to prod us if we need it.
The Pieta: our suffering mother. Mary knows what it is like to lose a son and a husband. She went through many sufferings in her life here on earth. In Luke’s Gospel, we read the prophecy of Simeon; when Simeon blessed them, and said to his mother Mary, Behold, this child is destined to bring about the fall of many and the rise of many in Israel; to be a sign which men will refuse to acknowledge; and so the thoughts of many hearts shall be made manifest; as for thy own soul, it shall have a sword to pierce it (Lk2, 34-35). Here, Mary is our example when tragedy strikes our lives. We can turn to her in prayer, and she will walk with us through the pain and doubt we face many times in life. Mary is the Immaculate Conception; the patroness of the United States. Mary watches over our nation, and intercedes for us before God the Father.
These are just a few of the many titles Mary holds. We will never exhaust the possibilities in emulating her in our lives. During this month of May, dedicated to our Blessed Mother, consider taking up a devotion to Mary. Perhaps a daily Rosary with your family or decorating a Marian statue with flowers and spending some time with her in our homes. Mary is there, waiting for you.
May God bless you, and a blessed Mother’s Day to all moms, especially to our Mom. Enjoy your special day.