Today, we thank our mothers, pray for them, honor them by celebrating Mother’s Day, and by offering our mothers on the altar of God.
On May 9, 1914, by an act of Congress, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. He established the day as a time for “public expression of our love and reverence for the mothers of our country.”
We are grateful for mothers. Why? None of us is able to return, in the same measure, the love that our mothers have given us. Their influence on their children is so great that it affects the children throughout their entire lives. When I think of mothers I am reminded that they give us birth, they nursed us, nurtured us, trained us in the faith, taught us good manners and ideal behavior, disciplined us as best they could, and made us good citizens of our Church, our country, and our society.
It is very appropriate for us to express our love and gratitude to our mothers by our presence, gifts, and prayers on Mother’s Day. We offer this Eucharistic celebration on Mother’s Day for all the mothers in our parish family, whether, they are alive here or have gone for their eternal reward. I hope everyone will lavish our love on our mothers and express our gratitude for them in the form of fervent prayers offered for them before God.
On Mother’s Day, we acknowledge the truth that we actually have two mothers: our earthly mother and our Heavenly Mother, the Mother of Jesus, the Mother of the bride of Christ, the Church! The Catholic Church proclaims the great nobility of the Mother of Jesus, Mary most holy, and presents her as the supreme model for all mothers. On this Mother’s Day, presenting all mothers on the altar, let us show our love and appreciation for both of our mothers and let us ask our Heavenly Mother to take care of our earthly mothers. We do well to be persons for others, sacrificing our time, treasure, talents, and lives for them as our mothers have done and continue to do for us.
Happy Mother’s Day!