What is a mother? Webster’s dictionary defines it as “a female parent”, which is about like describing the beauty of a rainbow in the precise wavelengths of the different colors of light. It’s technically accurate, but it doesn’t even truly begin to describe
the beauty of the object being described. So let’s take a few minutes and talk about what amazing creatures mothers truly
Without exception, mothers are some of the toughest people I know. Anyone who can handle a dirty diaper with a wet wipe and a smile is tough. When the baby is colicky and awake and crying at 4 AM mom is there, pacing the floor and crooning.
When the toddler scrapes her knees and comes home weeping, mom is there to clean the wounds and bandage them.
When the 9-year old falls out of the tree (that she just told him not to climb) and breaks his arm, mom is there to take him to the ER, and kiss away the tears.
Moms react to a sheet of construction paper covered in scribbles as if they’ve just been presented with an undiscovered Picasso. They are there for our first steps, and seconds later, our first fall. They are there when we go off to kindergarten, and when we go off to college. One phrase stands out in those last few sentences – Mothers are there.
As Christians, we are adherents of a religion founded by a man who was the Son of God. We should also remember that he was the son of a, teenaged mother. At the age of about 14, Mary gave birth to Jesus in that stable in Bethlehem. She gave up everything she’d ever known for him. Because of the decrees of King Herod, Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus and fled to Egypt for several years.
Throughout the ministry of Jesus, Mary was there. It was she who pointed out the lack of wine at the wedding feast in Cana, which led to His first miracle. And at the end, Mary was there at his crucifixion. She had supported him in everything he had done, and in his final act of supreme sacrifice, she was there. While none of the Gospels mention it, I think Jesus must have taken strength from the presence of his mother, in addition to the Presence of His Father. Knowing that in this, as in all things, Mary was there.
Mary was there for a very simple reason. Mary was there because she was a mother, and that’s what mothers do. It doesn’t appear in any dictionary or encyclopedia this way, but I think it should. The best definition of a mother is this - A mother is unconditional and eternal love given human form
to care for us.
Reflection by John