Mothering Sunday

Message from Robin

Sunday is “Mothering Sunday”. Mothering is described as: ”caring for children as their mother, or, caring for people in the way that a mother does.”

In England, Mothering Sunday is a day to honour both your mother Church and your own mother. In the past, young people working away from home, particularly those in “service” to a household, were given time off to visit their mothers and the churches where they were baptized on Mothering Sunday. Since 1908 the newer version of “Mother’s Day” was introduced as a day specifically to honour and thank one’s own Mother, normally with a card and gift.

My mum always preferred the term “Mothering Sunday”, and I too feel it is a nicer sentiment, allowing us to remember others who may have also had a large influence on our lives.

Whilst, in these modern times, there are many pressures on relationships, we still hold the relationship between parents and children as so important. There is an underlying bond of Love. I always remember my mum once saying “I may not always LIKE what you do, but I will ALWAYS LOVE YOU”.

In the Bible we often hear, particularly in the story of Christ’s birth, how Mary was very thoughtful and attentive to what was said and happened to her son. We hear stories where Jesus would interact with a woman in a way that was not always “acceptable” at the time. And, of course, we remember Jesus; words at the cross – John 19:26–27, expresses the Lord’s care and concern for His mother: “When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, ‘Woman, here is your son,’ and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

Despite His agony, Jesus was concerned about the welfare of His mother and the pain she was experiencing. With His thoughts on Mary’s future security and protection, Jesus entrusted her into the care of John, His beloved disciple.

While we celebrate this specific day, and the Love and respect we have for our Mothers, we must look at our relationships with one another too, and ensure that they are built on Love and concern, with God in our midst.

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