Mother’s Day

Luke 1:46-48

Mother's Day is a day of celebration. It is a day to honor mothers of the family. Also, it is a day to remember motherhood and maternal bonds. 

The origin of Mother's Day traces back to ancient Greeks and Romans. They held festivals to honor mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. "Mothering Sunday is an earlier Christian festival. "Mothering Sunday" was a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe. Unlike today, the tradition felled on 4th rather than the 2nd Sunday. A time which faithful Catholics and Protestant Christians would return to their mother church: the main church in the vicinity of their home. Eventually, this special service merges with American Mother's Day, in the 1930s and 1940s. 

So, after the presentations of flowers, cards and other gifts, what can we take from Mother's Day? Can we gain any spiritual insight from this now commercialized holiday? In Matthews 12:48-50, Mary and His brothers wanted Jesus' attention. Even though, he was dealing with unclean spirits, unbelief and lack of understanding. We also have a description of Jesus' true family. Anyone who does the will of the Father, he or she is a member of His family. Recall, Mother's Day is a day to honor mothers of the family. However, it is also a day of mixed emotions. 

So, as we remember and celebrate mothers. We learn to show more compassion and empathy for one another. In honoring mothers we are reminded to present our bodies a living sacrifice. For the bringing of life and God's plan of salvation to others. As a result, we grow Jesus' family. The answer to questions: yes we can.