The Mother's Love
- Today in Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
- Fourth Sunday of Easter - Mother's Day
- 12 May 2019
One of the many titles of Mary is the Mother of God, but she is also the Mother of Jesus. This means that Jesus, as a man, was reared by his parents like any other child, but his formaon in the Holy Family was for a purpose that impacts the human race like no other child. His human qualities and character were formed and influenced by his mother’s virtues. We read in scripture that Christ went through the land of Palestine doing good, and we begin to realize that his human goodness was really the love of God being translated into human terms. We are bound to acknowledge too that Mary had a maternal share in God’s love. It is a common human experience that the mother’s features are recognizable in the child, and this must also be true in the case of Mary and Jesus. Mary’s function in the Incarnation was not completed when Jesus was born. It was a continuous revelation, involving the human formation of the young man, as he grew up from infancy to childhood and from childhood to adulthood.
How this was accomplished is hidden from us. Only Mary knew the secrets of Jesus’ upbringing and held them in her heart. She kept to herself the secret of the first steps he took and the first words he spoke. She meditated on them in her heart. In his humanity the son of Joseph and Mary learned from them about the mystery of God’s love through his experience of their love for each other and for him. In his divinity, Jesus is the bearer of the unique experience of being the perfect expression of God’s love for all of humanity. His growth in time brought the particular and the universal mystery of love together in the infinite act of self-sacrifice that brought salvation into our world . The precious gift of a mother’s love is only a glimpse of the profound nature of the particular love that God has for each one of his children. It is the love without limit or condition that Jesus reveals to us as the Son of God and universally extends to all of us for all eternity. The ancient Easter hymn draws us into the mystery of a mother’s love that has brought us all into a new relationship. Nothing will ever be as it was before.
O Queen of heaven, be joyful, alleluia,
For he whom you have humbly borne for us, alleluia, Has arisen, as he promised, alleluia,
Offer now our prayer to God, alleluia.