It seems appropriate to reflect on Mary the mother of Jesus on Mother’s Day and on her life. She is a great example of living for God for all of us not only for mothers, but I think mothers can especially relate to some things we know about Mary.
Think for a moment on how it all started for Mary. An angel appeared to her when she was a young virgin to tell her she was chosen by God to have the baby Jesus who would be the Savior of the world. She was frightened at first, but after being reassured by the Angel Gabriel of God’s favor for her, she said yes to God’s plan even though it meant difficulties for her. She trusted God to protect her and take care of the possible risks, such as the fact that was a woman who was engaged but not yet married to be found pregnant could have meant being stoned to death.
When Jesus was born, she gave birth in a stable for the animals. She went through the pains of child birth with animals standing around. She had to place her newborn baby in a manger which was a feeding trough for animals. It was a very humble way for her baby the Savior of the world to be born. However, some shepherds came to visit to tell her and Joseph about the angelica choir that announced the birth of Jesus to them.
Then when Jesus was 8 days old, Mary and Joseph took baby Jesus to the temple to present Him to God. An old man Simeon who was a prophet took the baby Jesus in his arms and thanked God for letting him see Jesus. He then spoke to Mary and Joseph about how Jesus was the promised one from God. He said something to Mary that no mother would want to hear. He told her, “and a sword will pierce your own soul too.” On a joyous day of presenting her baby to God, Simeon spoke of her suffering as Jesus suffered.
Then she had to flee with Joseph and baby Jesus to Egypt because King Herod wanted to kill baby Jesus. She experienced life on the run as a refugee with a baby in her arms. About 33 years later, she was there when Jesus died on the cross watching His torturous death unable to comfort Him.
Mary said yes to God’s plan and agreed to be the mother of Jesus. She did not know everything that was in front of her in life, but she accepted the call of God to be Jesus’ mother and to love Him and care for Him. She loved Him even though it meant risk to herself just like some mothers do when they become mothers. She experienced the joys of seeing the wonderful things Jesus did just as many mothers rejoice in the accomplishments of their children. She was there when He died on the cross watching Him suffer just as some mothers who have the terrible misfortune if watching their children die. Through all of these things she was His mother which means she loved Jesus in a way that no one else ever will. She is a great example for all of us, but on this Mother’s Day my hope is that any mother who reads this is encouraged by Mary’s example.