Reading: Matthew 12:46-50.
Mothering Sunday is, for many, a difficult day. There are mixed emotions, regrets, and sadness. This is especially true if you don’t have a great relationship with your mother.
In this account of Jesus, Jesus’ mother and brothers are standing outside asking for him to come out and see them. Jesus instead points to his disciples and says, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”
Here is a radicle thought – as Jesus’ follower you are his mother.
What does it mean to be a mother of Jesus; Kingdom Parent?
Here are points to consider:
1. Yearning – longing for a child is like the yearning for God’s Kingdom; where injustice and poverty will end.
2. Labour- the pain of bringing a child into the world. It’s not easy; for Christian’s there is the pain, challenges and hard work of being Kingdom Parents.
3. Exhausting – being a mother is tiring. The dirty nappies, the late nights and early starts. Being a Kingdom Parent can be exhausting – it also can be time consuming and tiring.
4. Forever Mother – once a mother, always a mother. Nothing nor no one can take Jesus from you. You can leave him or abandon him – but you can never take away Jesus’s love for you.
The Apostle Paul said ” For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ” (Romans 8: 38-39).
5. Joy – Joy in seeing children grow and develop. Following Jesus can give us joy to see lives changed and communities transformed. It is something we can all connect with.
6. Gift – Motherhood is a gift. Jesus made you his mother. You did not make him your son. It is a blessing given by the grace of God.
Everyone, male or female, are called to be the mother of Jesus – to become Kingdom Parents.