Jesus Christ is risen, Alleluia!
When love makes sacrifice a pleasure! The last few weekends I have been sharing inspirational experiences I encountered in recent days. This week I share with you the inspiration that most all of have experienced – our mothers!
Once again it is Mothers’ Day and even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the mass media is full of advertisements on the various offers to celebrate this day; elaborate plans are planned, expensive gifts are considered and banquets are a common way to commemorate this day dedicated to our mothers; Margaret in my case.
Amidst all the celebrations and joy, let us go back in time to relive the days we spent with her. She gave birth to us, fed us, took care of all our needs as helpless babies, supported us during school days, and as we grow they may take care of our kids.
But now, that is today, she may be healthy and fit, stricken with illness of various sorts, bed-ridden, terminally ill or she may even in her deathbed waiting for a last glimpse of the children she loved so much. Some of our mothers could also be dead and gone, my mom died on June 14, 1999. Whatever her state she may be in let us reflect a little on our lives with this extra-ordinary creature of God she has been throughout her life.
We make a lot of sacrifices for advancements in our lives but often we do them for a reward. There is only one person who enjoys sacrificing her time and energy as it is done for the real love for the other person. Undeniably, this is none other than our own mother; her immeasurable love for us makes her sacrifice a pleasure not pain.
As kids, we did not realize all her sacrifices as our vision was blinded by her love for us. It takes a long time to appreciate all the sacrifices that our mother has done and is continuing to do for us, even from heaven. When we were young we took all her sacrifices her for granted. Only now that we are older, perhaps parents, do we truly appreciate the fine qualities of the love and affection our mothers had for us.
In the Bausch family, there were 5 boys (actually 6 if you count our dad) and it was amazing how our mother could take care of all of us equally well. Every one of us was equal in her eyes although, at times, all of us got special privileges for one thing or another.
We can remember the sleepless nights mom spent taking care of us when we were sick. The moments of anxiety she went through when sick, the tears she shed, and the intense prayers for our recovery. All she lived for was for our well-being and without any ulterior motive.
Parents hopefully understand the pain and anxiety they may endure when their children suffer or have failures in their lives.
In those days, cooking was a real chore without all the modern gadgets we have today. Everything from grinding to cutting was done by hand and you can imagine the difficulties encountered in preparing at least 3 meals a day, with all of us on different schedules at times; although in the Bausch house it was seldom we didn’t have dinner together. This all being done when the income was limited and dad (J. Albert) was the sole breadwinners.
Dad was a great man, but mom an exemplary wife especially in those days when the family business struggled. Our dad was not totally dependent on mom, but close to it; he could hardly find a quart of milk at the grocery store.
Sadly, today many moms do not have their sacrifices appreciated, which really can hurt to the core. Many of us simply forget that moms participate in making us what we are today. If mom is still with you please don’t be too busy to just spend time talking and listening to her.
Many of mothers are now elderly and may be riddled with so many ailments. They are living in fear of loneliness at the twilight of their lives. The only companion they had, their husbands are gone. We may not be able to cure all her illnesses, but the least we can give her is reassurance that we care and love her. Similar to the great love and passion she gave us.
Let’s not forget that our mother, in whatever state she may be, is our responsibility to care and love; we cannot run away from that obligation.
To a mother there is nothing more comforting than to see her children in good health and happiness. As children if we can convince her that she was the source and inspiration for our success and happiness in life, she would be the happiest mother today.
Are we following Jesus in the way we treat our mother? Every day and often many times a day we say, “Jesus I love you”. If we do not love our mother, someone who we have seen, heard, touched and experienced her love, how can you love a God you cannot see, hear or touch?
A happy and blessed Mothers’ Day!
I look forward to the day when we are together again around the Altar.
May you continue to have a grace-filled Easter season.
Jesus Christ is risen today – alleluia!
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,