Mothers: The Merciful Image of God
Dear brothers and sisters,
I wish all the mothers a Happy Mother’s Day! The month of May is also dedicated to our Mother Mary. During this year of Mercy, on this Mothers’ Day, I would like to reflect on Mother Mary and all our mothers as the “Merciful Image of God”.
When we pray the traditional prayer: Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our life, our sweetness,... We address Mother Mary as “Mother of Mercy.” Mother Mary’s words to St. Brigid of Sweden (Rev. 1.6, c.10): "I am the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of Mercy; I am the joy of the just, and the door through which sinners are brought to God." She also said to St. Juan Diego in Guadalupe: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection?” How is she ‘Mother of Mercy”?
Through her Immaculate Conception, "Mary is the one who experienced mercy in an exceptional way — as no one else." This first act is the Father's prevenient mercy for this very tiny child that is to be born.
At the annunciation, the angel Gabriel said, “Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” It is ironic, this very simple theological truth — that Mary is our Mother of Mercy because she gave birth to our merciful Savior. She expressed it in Luke 1: 46-55.
I read a beautiful incident in the life of the Emperor Napoleon. A mother sought the pardon of her son from Napoleon. The emperor said it was his second offense, and justice demanded his death. "I don't ask for justice," demanded his mother, "I plead for mercy." "But," said the emperor, "he does not deserve mercy." "Sir," cried the mother, "it would not be mercy if he deserved it, and mercy is all I ask for." "Well, then," said the emperor, "I will have mercy." And her son was saved.
Our mothers have been so merciful always. It’s our turn to be merciful to them, even if they make any mistake or human errors; or suffering from various illness and old age. Let us renew our love for them once again and honor them always. After all, it is the commandment of God, “honor your father and mother.”
Happy Mothers Day!