Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48; Ps 98:1, 2-3, 3-4; 1 Jn 4:7-10; Jn 15:9-17
Happy Mother’s Day. As I’m sure y’all know, Mother’s Day is not an official holiday on the liturgical calendar. Hence, the Scripture readings don’t exactly reflect the occasion; there are no direct references to the dignity of Christian motherhood. There is, however, a theme that I consider indirectly related to Christian motherhood: baptism. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles presents baptism as the culmination of the Holy Spirit’s among in Cornelius and his household. Since Christians have always considered baptism a birth to new life, and the Church the womb where that new life gestates, they have always also considered the Church a true mother.
But what does the Church’s motherhood have to do with the flesh-and-blood motherhood that we celebrate today? I think, actually, quite a lot. Experience suggests that esteem for the Church’s supernatural motherhood is closely tied to esteem for natural motherhood. Even the historical origin of Mother’s Day in certain countries suggests this. Read the rest of this entry »