- Saint Cyprian
Mothers reflect the heart of God. Through them we more fully comprehend God’s love, protection, and desire for us to be the best version of ourselves. The selfless attitudes of mothers, their undertaking of thankless tasks, and the concern for the well being of their children give us a glimpse into the vast heart of God for all of humanity. A heart of love that ultimately sacrificed everything for us in the person of Jesus Christ.
As we honor our mothers on Sunday, we are reminded of who they are called to reflect. God wants us to be gathered to Himself just as any mother does her children. He loves us unconditionally, and desires that we grow, thrive, and flourish as we seek Him with our whole heart.
Such growth occurs in the context of the household of faith, just as it does in our familial households. It is for that reason that Saint Cyprian noted long ago that we cannot pursue or hold God as our Father apart from the household of faith. We learn, are nourished, and grow up into spiritual maturity in community together as our identity is secure in whose we are and the direction and purpose we have in this life.
God purposed the family as a means by which we more fully grasp His love and care of us. It provides context for us. As we honor our mothers this Sunday we are called to give thanks for them and pray for them in this vital vocation. We recall that the life they give, care they provide, and love they show are part of God’s design to help us grasp His heart for us all as reflected in His bride the Church.