To Mom, With Love

As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, diocesan employee Lisa Harris, of the Office of Human Resources, shares a moving reflection on what this special day means.

By: Lisa Harris, Staff Spotlight

Each year we spend extra money and time running around trying to find just the right thing to show our earthly mothers just how much we love them. The love of a mother is like no other. She loved us before our birth. She guides us in love and grace, and nurtures us in many ways. A mother makes many sacrifices for the sake of her children.

20170508_200947I have been blessed to be a mother and to have had the unconditional love and guidance of my mother. Additionally, God has placed others in my life to feed me both maternally and spiritually.

A mother whom I respect and love dearly recently told me about a sermon she heard on the Scripture John 19:26, 27, when Jesus saw His mother and the disciple, John, whom He loved. He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. This mother told me that the word “behold” had such a strong impact on her that she was able to see a different message in the Scripture for the first time.

I think of how powerful the love for a mother is, and how we want to ensure that she is given the care and love she deserves. I reflect on the gift of His mother before He gave us His greatest gift — Himself.

As you celebrate your mother this Mother’s Day, think about the mystery of a mother’s love and how, no matter what, your mother has selflessly given of herself to you — time and time again. Without hesitation, she shares her kindness and tenderness. She was there many times when the smallest of things had such a significant impact on forming the person you are today.

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Whatever you decide to give your mother, the day is not all about material items. The day is meant as a day to thank all the amazing mothers in our lives. To thank them for their love, their support and for, quite simply, being a mother. So this Mother’s Day, show your mother and those you love and respect as maternal figures in your life, the love they deserve.

Thank you, Mom.


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