2020-05-105th SUnday of EasterRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

Today is Mother's Day. In our mothers, God is with us in a very special and necessary way. Through our mothers God wants to show us tenderness, gentleness and a never-wavering love. When a mother wipes away our tears, she is demonstrating the love of God. When a mother kisses our hurts, it is God working in her. When a mother grieves with us, sympathizes with us, consoles us in our anxieties, and pains it is God filled with compassion and concern.

Those of us who have been deprived of a mother's love at an early age experience in many ways, what it would be like to be without God. As human beings we need motherlike as well as fatherlike qualities of gentleness and tenderness and unconditional love. If we do not experience that kind of love as a youngster then we oftentimes experience emotional problems later in life. Many of those in prison today have problems that can be traced back to a lack of love from their parents

We, as Christians, are attuned to thinking of God as our Father because of what Jesus taught us. Jesus called God his "Abba" or his Daddy. He told his followers that he had an intimate relationship with the Almighty. Because of what Jesus taught, we know that God is Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But God continues to remain a mystery and is beyond our human comprehension. Consequently, God cannot be limited to masculine attributes. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, article 370 states: "In no way is God in any man's image. He is neither man nor woman. God is pure spirit in which there is no place for the difference between the sexes. But the respective perfections of man and woman reflect something of the infinite perfection of God, those of a mother and those of a father." It says in the book of Genesis that God created man in his image: in the divine image -male and female he created them.

I know that it is very difficult to teach a child about God as our Father when that same child has experienced an abusive father in his own life. I imagine that the same can be said of a mother. Even, if we have not experienced the love of a good father or mother, we must teach that those qualities exist in God.

Let me provide a few examples from Scripture which portray God as our mother. Isaiah 49: "Can a mother forget her infant, be without tenderness for this child of her womb?" Even should she forget, I will never forget you." Isaiah 66: "As a mother comforts her son, so will I comfort you." Psalm 131: "Lord, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty. I do not busy myself with great matters with things too sublime for me. Rather, I have stilled my soul, hushed like a weaned child. Like a weaned child in its mothers lap, so is my soul within me, Israel, hope in the Lord now and forever." How about the New Testament: This passage was found in both Matthew (23) and Luke (13) "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how many times I yearned to gather your children together as a hen gathers her young under her wings, but you were unwilling."

Talking about God as a Father as well as a Mother may be a new insight for many of you. I find that the more that I study the Bible the more I learn about the profundity of God. As I have mentioned, God exists in ways that defy human comprehension. Just the fact that God has always existed and will always exist is truly mind-boggling.

Mary is Queen of all the saints in heaven. Because she was and is the mother of Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is God, the Church has named her the Mother of God. Mary is the greatest human being who ever existed, chosen from all time to be the mother of God's Son. On this day we also celebrate her God-like qualities.

Mother's Day should be a celebration of God's feminine qualities - sensitivity, compassion and unconditional love.

For all those people in our lives who have acted like God for us, like good parents we rejoice on this day and say thank you. Thank you for being there when we needed you the most. Thank you for not letting us down.

God Bless You!

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