A TRIBUTE TO MOTHERS ON MOTHERS' DAY
Mother and Child
6th SUNDAY OF EASTER, YEAR B
Who is your idol? I got hooked to American Idol the past few weeks moved by a Filipino-Mexican contestant, Jessica Sanchez, who blew me away by her rendition of “You Are So Beautiful.” Looking at the lyrics of the song, I think that the song is a best fit for mothers “You’re everything I hoped for, you’re everything I need … You are so beautiful to me.”
I get a little emotional whenever it’s Mothers’ Day because for one, I am closer to my mom than my dad; and second of all, because my vocation was initially inspired by my mom who took me to Church and at times, literally drag me to Church EVERYDAY to attend Mass. For those reasons, I must say that my mom has always been my idol. And so today, let us give the praise and honor due to them.
Going further let me underline key points of the Gospel passage as we give tribute to our mothers:
1. “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” (John 5:9) We should know by now what type of love Jesus is telling us in this Gospel passage. It is not just a type of love that’s passing but a love that’s eternal, self-sacrificing and true. It is a love that inspires and a love that moves us to love others unconditionally. Listen to this story:
Mother Teresa relates this incident about a boy. “Once I picked up a child and took him to our Children’s Home; we gave him a bath, clean clothes, and everything. After a day, the child ran away. Somebody else found him, but again he ran away. Then I said to the Sisters: “Please follow the child and see where he goes when he runs away’. And the child ran away the third time. There under the tree was the mother. She had put a small earthenware vessel on two stones and was cooking something she had picked out of the dustbin. The Sisters asked the child: ‘Why did you run away from the Home?’ And the child said, ‘This is my home because this is where my mother is’”. True! Wherever our mothers are, there our home is.
Ultimately, our home is in heaven. Mothers remind us that we can find our home here in this world in their presence, guidance and love. That’s why when I was growing up as a child, I learned from school, “Ang nanay and syang ilaw ng tahanan,” “Mothers are TRUE LIGHT of the home.” If there is one thing that mothers should remind us, it is that our home is a place where we can truly find the love of God present in our lives. The love of God that enables us to remain in Him, that is, to acknowledge that without Him we can do NOTHING! Which brings us to a more concrete expression of such love in these words (2nd key point of the Gospel):
2. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 5:13) Who are our “friends”? In the Bible, “friends” are being contrasted with, and are the opposite of slaves. The Greek word is “philoi” meaning “loved ones” or “beloved.” In reference to Jesus who is Lord and Son of God, the disciples are really “slaves” in the real sense of the word, but the divine Logos took the nature of a slave so that He might divinize human beings whom He considers as friends/beloved.
On Sunday, August 16, 1987, Northwest Airlines flight 225 crashed just after taking off from the Detroit airport. One hundred fifty-five people were killed. One survived: a 4-year-old from Tempe, Arizona, named Cecelia. "News accounts say when rescuers found Cecelia they did not believe she had been on the plane. Investigators first assumed Cecelia had been a passenger in one of the cars on the highway onto which the airliner crashed. But when the passenger register for the flight was checked, there was Cecelia's name. "Cecelia survived because, as the plane was falling, Cecelia's mother, Paula Chican, unbuckled her own seat belt, got down on her knees in front of her daughter, wrapped her arms and body around Cecelia, and then would not let her go."
Moving isn’t it? That sounds to me like a metaphor of the love of God. She wrapped her arms and body around her daughter and would not let her go. She was a real mother. Just like what Jesus is telling us in the Gospel, we are His friends … friends whom He’s willing to offer His life to in order that we can be saved. Do we acknowledge this? Do we see Jesus as our true FRIEND, LORD and SAVIOR? In their own ways, our mothers remind us of true friendship - a total dedication of herself for her family. Recently, the ACFLR (American Coalition for Labor Reparations) created a labor compensation calculator on how we could calculate how much we owe our moms for giving birth to us. I owe my mom 2 thousand +. But, I’m pretty confident that my mom would care less about what she’s paid to give birth to me. In their own selfless ways, our mothers or our parents in general found greater joy in bringing us into this world than the money they’ve spent on hospital bills.
Finally, on a lighter note aside from the true essence of the LOVE of GOD that our mothers remind us of, hear these other things we learn from our mothers:
My Mother Taught Me About...
1. My Mother taught me about ANTICIPATION...
"Just wait until your father gets home."
2. My Mother taught me LOGIC...
"If you fall out off that swing and break your neck, you're not going to the store with me."
3. My Mother taught me MEDICAL SCIENCE...
"If you don't stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
4. My Mother taught me HUMOR...
"When that lawn mower cuts off your toes, don't come running to me."
5. My Mother taught me about GENETICS...
"You're just like your father."
And last but not least...
6. My Mother taught me about JUSTICE...
"One day you'll have kids, and I hope they turn out just like you ... Then you'll see what it's like!"
Always remember that "A world without mothers, is world without children; a world without children is a world without joy; a world without joy is a world without peace; a world without peace is a world without God." Thank God for mothers, for making our world a sure dwelling place with GOD!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!!