THE SERVANT GENERAL
May 11, 2008
MOTHER’S DAY, MARY AND THE TRINITY
ALL ABOUT FAMILY AND LIFE
we celebrate both Pentecost and Mother’s Day.
The two are inter-related. Both are about giving
birth. And both are about the very plan of God for
is about the birth of the Church, as the Holy Spirit
came upon God’s people. A mother is one who
has given birth to a child, and Mother’s Day
celebrates the role of mothers.
when we talk of mothers, what greater mother could
there be than Mary, the mother of God? Through Mary
came God the Son into the world. And Mary was right
there in the midst of the disciples on the day of
they entered the city they went to the upper room
where they ….. devoted themselves with one
accord to prayer, together with some women, and
Mary the mother of Jesus, ….. When the time
for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one
place together. And suddenly ….. they were
all filled with the holy Spirit …..”
gave birth to Jesus the Savior. In turn, the Church
was born on Pentecost. Mary is the mother of Jesus,
and the Church is the body of Christ, with Jesus
as the head. Mary is thus the mother of the Church,
of all of us.
and Mother’s Day are all about family. Mary
is all about family. God is all about family, as
the Trinity itself is a family.
Trinity is the divine family, with the Father, the
Son, and the love that binds Father and Son together,
that is, the Holy Spirit. Without true and pure
love, a father and son are just relatives. Without
true and pure love, a father and son live in a house
but not a home. What constitutes a family are parents
and a child (or children), and love that binds them
together in true unity.
we say parents? Then that means a father and a mother.
And so what completes the picture of family is the
mother. In the family of God, Mary is our mother.
family is about life. It is about the fullness of
life. Life comes into the world through the family.
Life is nurtured in the family. Family begets life,
and life depends on the family.
Trinity is about life. God the Father is the Creator,
who formed life at the very beginning. Jesus is
the Redeemer, who defeated death and offered eternal
life to all. The Holy Spirit is the Sanctifier,
who makes it possible for us to live life to the
full, in holiness according to the plan of God.
In turn, the Church is the environment where we
are enabled to live life according to God’s
design. The Church is where we are nurtured, cared
for and formed. And as for Mary, she was the one
who gave birth to him who is Life.
then this important truth: Pentecost and Mother’s
Day are all about family and life. Mary and the
Trinity are all about family and life.
final thing: we are blessed with family and life
so that we can evangelize. On Pentecost, the Church,
the family of God, was formed and the Holy Spirit
poured out upon her. The Holy Spirit is about power—to
live true Christian lives, to grow in holiness,
to bear fruit, to witness. We are empowered by the
Holy Spirit so that we can share the good news of
salvation in Jesus to all. With the outpouring of
the Holy Spirit on our lives, we are enabled to
speak “in our own tongues of the mighty acts
of God” (Acts 2:11). So God’s blessings
are not to be selfishly kept just for ourselves,
but are to be shared with all. And what better blessing
could there be than to be included in the family
of God, and to live life to the full according to
so there we have it: The very plan of God for the
world is all about family and life.
all mothers, God blessed you by giving you the privilege
of bringing life into the world, of nurturing that
life, and of being the very heart of the home. We
are all blessed through you. May God continue to
use you and to bless you in every way.
Mother’s Day to all!
go and share the good news of salvation in Jesus,
defend and strengthen the family, and proclaim the
gospel of life. May the Spirit of Pentecost always
be with you!
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