The ideals of motherhood make tangible our Creator's love for us
by Sister Jane Riha
Sunday's Gospel (John 14:15-21) fits beautifully with the celebration of Mother’s Day.
Reflecting on the reading for this Sunday, I was mindful of how applicable the readings are to mothers, to our own mothers, and to mothers separated from their children. Reading the Scriptures in terms of the global reality reminds us that for all the turmoil, war, and distress in the world, God’s abiding presence is with us. “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always ...”
“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). As I reflected on this verse, the orphans of war and poverty came to my mind’s eye. Jesus told his disciples, as he tells us today, God is with us as a loving Advocate. I reflected on mothers separated from their children due to the travesty of war; I thought of children refugees who are separated from their mothers.
God’s love is unconditional. “And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him/her and reveal myself to him/her” (John 14:21). For each of us, and today especially for mothers, we pray to the Holy Spirit for a deeper realization of God’s indwelling love which supports each of us in the good times and the hard times.
God’s grace and loving presence sustains us when we are searching for answers and perhaps feel like an orphan. Sunday is a day for gratitude, for love, and for cherishing the gift of life given to us by our mothers and fathers.