Last month believers were reminded how Jesus hung impaled on the Cross with life oozing out of his body, and how His mother stood nearby watching Him helplessly. The Cross meant different things to various people in the Gospel account of the Crucifixion. To Pilate it was the place where an innocent man died. The Pharisees and Sadducees, on the other hand, saw the Cross as the way to eliminate a problem. To the disciples, the Crucifixion was the time when their beloved friend and Messiah died. Their intimate friendship with Jesus seemed to end, as did their dream of being freed from Roman authority.
To Mary, however, the mother of Jesus, the Cross meant something different. She knew the perfection of her son’s life and His identity as the Son of God. To her, the Cross represented a shameful crime. It also meant the fulfillment of prophecy. Perhaps there at the Cross, she recalled the words of the angel Gabriel when he said to her “[You] will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
On the other hand, maybe she was recalling the words of Simeon when he met the Lord at the temple during Jesus’ presentation. (Luke 2:29-33). Whatever the case, we cannot have a good understanding of Good Friday without a good understanding of the mystery of what Motherhood is.
Motherhood goes beyond any physical labor pains and carrying a baby for nine months. A mother’s role is much greater. There are those who serve not as a birth mother, but provide the care and nurturing of a mother. There are those who have given of themselves through the adoption process to serve as a mother for the motherless.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, gives us a picture of Motherhood that serves us well. She is no longer the late adolescent who gave birth in a manger filled with hay. She is now 33-1/2 years removed from that scenario. The day of her son’s public execution, Mary was there and she was not ashamed to be there. She knew the innocence of her son. She knew there was nothing in Him was deserving of such a cruel fate. This is a mystery, a testimony and a confirmation that a mother loves her children all the time.
On a personal note, my mother died when I was 17. I thank God for the time I was able to share with her. Of course, I did not realize how much she taught me in those short years until I became an adult and began raising my own children. I cherish the memories and fondly recall the lessons of life my mother instilled.
After my mother’s sudden death, my aunt, Doris G. Madison, stepped in and became like a mother. Publicly, I want to thank my aunt for her unselfishness, sage advice, tough love, and the excellent Christian examples she exhibited. I am like a daughter to her and I consider her like a mother to me.
This Mother’s Day, it is my mother, the late Bernice G. Taylor and my aunt, Doris G. Madison that I thank God for as the special gifts given to me by God and who showed me what true Motherhood is.
I am sure our readers have similar stories of how special the mother in their life is. We therefore give tribute to all the beautiful, strong, courageous, selfless mothers who have sacrificed much for their children and who continue to love as only a mother can.
Someone wrote quite eloquently: “Mothers are teachers. Mothers are disciplinarians. Mothers are cleaning ladies. Some mothers are gardeners & mowers of lawns.
“And most mothers understand that baking cookies is more important than washing windows, too. Mothers are nurses and doctors and psychologists and counselors and chauffeurs and coaches.
“Mothers are developers of personalities, molders of vocabularies, & shapers of attitudes. Mothers are soft voices saying, “I love you.” And mothers are a link to God, a child’s first impression of God’s love.”
Have A Happy Mother’s Day You Are Truly a Gift From God!
The writer does not assume responsibility in any way for readers’ efforts to apply or utilize information or recommendations made in these articles, as they may not be necessarily appropriate for every situation to which they may refer. Rather, the objective is strictly informative and educational. If you would like to contact Rev. Lester, write to her c/o Fellowship of Love M.B.C. at P.O. Box 121, Brookfield, WI. 53008.
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