A Mother’s Love
We often hear about how much mothers love their children and how their bond seems to be stronger than any other relationship on earth. I believe there is some truth in that statement about the love of and for a mother. I am not sure if it is because of her carrying the child in the womb, or the fact she is the first face seen, or the first kiss received is from the love of a mother.
In the Gospel of St. John chapter 19 verse 26 Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, Woman behold your son! Then He said to the disciple Behold your mother! And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home. To the very last, Jesus’ earthly life demonstrated the priority He placed on love and concern in relationships. It seems at first glance, to be a nice gesture by Jesus but of little relevance to anything else. However I am sure it has great significance because Jesus stopped dying long enough on the cross to reference His mother, so it must have great meaning to us from the scripture.
In John we find the truth of love, John 15:9, as the Father hath loved me, so have I love you, continue ye in my love. This kind of love is an unconditional love. A love that gives and does not really expect to receive anything in return — this is a mother’s love. You give love whether you are going to get it back or not. You give this love simply because that is who you are and it is essentially all you can do. When Jesus died on the cross it was because He was giving of the father’s essence of love, nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.
When Jesus saw his mother suffering at His feet, he shows her compassion one more time, by placing her in the arms of his disciple John. A mother’s love is always giving and not expecting to receive in return. Is this not what the Father has done when He says God so loved the world that He gave His only son? So how much more should we as his children show love for one another? A mother’s love does not have to be earned it is just given. Let us love one another, and give, and show this kind of love not expecting anything in return.
Love ye one another!
Bishop E V Reeves