â€œThese are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.â€
It is often said that it is all about the timing. It is about being there when our ship comes in. Well. today the ship has really come in. Three special celebrations all in one day. We, of course, celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday. We also honor our Blessed Mother, Mary, in a special way today crowning her with our admiration and love. Finally, we celebrate Motherâ€™s Day. While these celebrations may seem somewhat disparate, there is a central theme that runs throughout. It is the theme of motherhood, of deep caring. About mom getting us to when.
As we consider the concept of motherhood, let us look at it from the angle of our momâ€™s, our Blessed Mother, and what the Good Shepherd left us, our Holy Mother, the Church.
Each of the â€˜momâ€™sâ€™ in our lives exist in time. Each of them has related to us throughout our lives in differing ways. Each of them has left an impact and a past. Each offers potential for the future. Each has been the source of tears and joys leading us to when.
We start with our momâ€™s. As we reflect on them we consider their experiences of us, and what they prepared for us. As we reflect on such things, we consider those many times mom may wondered about us. We also, and much more frequently, reflect on the happy moments. Those times mom was assured of our love, when she knew her counsel made a difference, when she had assurance of our okâ€™ness. For her, it is/was about our when, the opportunity of the moment – for us to have everything that really matters.
The same with our Blessed Mother. She holds out her hands to us. She watches over and intercedes for us. She certainly has wondered about us when we were distant from her Son. But there she is, always ready to help us come back. For her, it is about our when, the opportunity of the moment – for us to have everything that really matters.
Our Holy Mother, the Church, works diligently to raise us to the realization of Jesusâ€™ intervention as Good Shepherd. We find Him holding the gate open, leading us, knowing us. For the Shepherd and His Holy Church it is about our when, the opportunity to have everything that really matters.