“Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” - Proverbs 17:6
The Bible describes many family relationships but says a lot less about the act of parenting. There is ample evidence that familial relationships are complicated, starting with Cain and Abel! It is also clear that family relationships are vital: consider the genealogies listed in the Gospels and elsewhere in scripture. Beyond scriptural references, the church has exalted Mary for her role as the Mother of Jesus. Mary is the only earthly example we have of parenting in relationship to God. She is sometimes known as Theotokos, or God-bearer. While the perfection of Jesus is not simply a result of Mary’s parenting, she is an excellent role model for us. The Song of Mary reminds us of the joys of motherhood, and the well-known Hail Mary recalls the grace and understanding required of parents, as well. This weekend, we will celebrate Mother’s Day. I can remember various gifts given and celebrations held to honor my own mother over the years. One year, my father bought “I love my mom” buttons that I recall wearing repeatedly. These signs of affection help us share the love that we have for our mothers with them and with others around us. May we each find our own unique way to declare our love this Mother’s Day.