It seems completely appropriate that, on this Mother’s Day, we examine the role of motherhood through the lens of stewardship.
In wishing to share his act of creation with human beings, God directed, “Let them have dominion (stewardship) over all the earth.” And, “Be fertile and multiply, fill the earth and subdue it…” Thus, the role of mothers (and fathers) can rightly be seen as, first and foremost, a directive to nurture the lives of the children that he gives us. To be good stewards of our children means that we must feed, clothe shelter and educate them to the best of our ability. It also means that we must love as well as discipline; teach as well as listen; inspire as well as guide. As with all the gifts that God has given us, we should be ever grateful for this one too.
In the month of May, it is also appropriate that we examine the role of our Blessed Mother as a model of true discipleship and stewardship. From her fiat to the angel Gabriel, “May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk. 1:37), to that terrible vigil at the foot of the cross when Jesus said to his disciple, “Behold your mother” (Jn. 19:27), she exemplified the qualities of the “good and faithful steward” (Mt. 25:21). She always trusted in God and pondered all things in her heart. She saw her child born in a stable and “lost” him for three days. Then she sent him off to begin his mission only to see him ridiculed and scorned, received with great honor and lauded, and tortured and crucified. Then she “lost” him again for three days. Mary experienced all of the joys and torments that all mothers experience as stewards of God’s most precious gifts. Her stewardship did not end at the cross. She was given to us by her son to be our Mother and she continues to nourish, cherish, guide and inspire us today.
This Friday is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. On May 13, 1917, she appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal and entreated them to pray the rosary. We well gather in the church at 7pm to honor our Mother by reciting the holy rosary. It will be a prayer of intercession and petition, and of gratitude and thanksgiving for all the blessings that we have received here at St. Ann in Kaneohe over the past 175 years. We will gather as her children and become a living rosary prayer the she will continue to bless us for many years to come.
To Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. . .Honor and Glory!
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