If you’re a child of God’s every day is Mother’s Day … Tuesday, February 26

Mary Mother Of Jesus Vector Illustration

Mary Mother Of Jesus, and the rest of the family too. (Photo credit: Vectorportal)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion. “And He said to His mother, ‘Woman, behold, thy son.’ Then He said to His disciple, ‘Behold, thy mother.’ ” John 19:26-27. As followers (disciples) of Jesus, what do we see when we look at Mary? A fourteen year old Jewish girl of 2,000 years ago? A woman faithful to God to the point of, by His grace, living a sinless life? The wife of Joseph, a carpenter? We can see a great many things, she’s multifaceted, more than three-dimensional. But what did Jesus say to see? “Behold (look, see), thy (yours, mine, ours) mother.” Mother. A mother, a real and true one. A mother, one that is real and true, does lots of things for her children. She gives them life. Mary brought THE Life into the world, and because of THAT Life we can have life too. A mother listens. A mother gives medicine when a sick child needs it, even when the gooey, smelly syrup on the spoon tastes bad. A mother stays up late and watches, watches over the sick child and looks for the wayward one to come back home, praying all the while. A mother comforts. A mother also stands aside when the time comes for the Father to administer loving punishment, because both the mother and the Father know it’s in the child’s best interest. And a mother wipes tears, after a fall, after bad tasting medicine, even after deserved punishment. She’ll read us stories out of the Book too, if we’ll be still long enough to listen. After coming to Him as little children we set at the feet of Jesus. We’re supposed to follow Him, to copy, to emulate Him. Like little children. And when He was a little Child, whose feet did He set at?

Today … St. Isabel of France was the sister of St. Louis and daughter of King Louis VIII of France and Blanche of Castile, she refused offers of marriage from several noble suitors to continue her life of virginity consecrated to God. She ministered to the sick and the poor, and after the death of her mother, founded the Franciscan Monastery of the Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Longchamps in Paris. She lived there in austerity but never became a nun and refused to become abbess. She died there on February 23, and her cult was approved in 1521. She would have known all about Queens and mothers and Queen Mothers.

Quote … “The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms.” ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes ~

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