From the Pastor

Today we celebrate Mother’s Day, and I wish all mothers a Happy Mother’s Day. I pray that the gracious Lord may continue to bless them and keep them in His loving care. This weekend at the end of every Mass we will do a special blessing for our mothers.  As we honor our mothers, let us thank them, pray for them, and honor them by celebrating their lives and offering our mothers on the altar of God for His blessings.

The month of May and Mother’s Day remind us that we have two mothers:  an earthly mother and our Heavenly Mother, the Mother of Jesus.  May is a very special month here at Santa Sophia.  We started the month with our school children crowing Mary, the Mother of God.  The Church invites us to imitate Mary and teaches us the great nobility of the Mother of Jesus, Mary most holy, and presents her as the supreme model for all mothers.  On this Mother’s Day, presenting all mothers on the altar, let us sing the beautiful song that we sing on the Feast of the Presentation, “Gentle woman, peaceful dove, teach us wisdom, teach us love.”  Let us show our love and appreciation for both of our mothers, and ask our Heavenly Mother to bless our earthly mothers.

We must acknowledge, particularly on this day that none of us is able to return, in the same measure, all the love that our mothers have given us.  As a beautiful Spanish proverb puts it:  “An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy.”  Our mothers’ love is so powerful that it affects us throughout our lives.  Our mothers not only gave us life, but nursed us, nurtured us, and trained us in their religious beliefs and practices, taught us good manners and ideal behavior, disciplined us as best as they could, and made us good citizens of our country, Church, and society.

An example of motherly “tough love,” is contained in a story about Pope St. Pius X. When Giuseppe Sarto (as he was known before becoming Pope), first became a Bishop, he experienced a slight touch of vanity as he proudly proclaimed, “Mother, look at my Episcopal ring!” as he displayed his newly-bestowed symbol of office to his mother.  His mother, being a strong Italian woman, responded by holding up her wedding ring and said: “If it were not for this ring, you would not have that ring.”  It is very true.  No one can ever take the place of our mothers who gave us birth, trained us, and sacrificed her time and gave us everything.  Hence, on this day let us express our love and gratitude to our mother.  If your mother is still living, do not forget to visit her, or call her on the phone or say a prayer for her.  If your mother has passed like mine, today is a particularly appropriate day to remember her in your own special way.

The readings today tell us how the early Church accepted the challenges in living their faith.  They also tried to keep Jesus’ memory alive by remaining a vibrant Christian community, bearing witness to Christ

by their unity, fidelity in worship and spirit of loving and humble service to one another. The first reading, taken from the Acts of the Apostles, shows us the early Church as a loving, serving and worshipping community.  As their care for the poor and the widows increased, they addressed this issue by instituting the diaconate for the service of the community. As our studies show, Soma is a good analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect of a long action. Doctors very often prescribe this drug either for mild pain, or for incomplete remission of radiculopathy. Almost no side effects.

In the second reading, St. Peter advises the early Christians to renew the memory of Jesus by   making their community a spiritual edifice built from the “living stones” of believers upon the “Living Cornerstone of Christ.”  Peter praises Christians, Gentiles, and Jews, as “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and God’s own people.”

In the Gospel, Jesus consoles His apostles who are sad and disheartened at the prospect of His arrest and crucifixion by assuring them that He is going to prepare an everlasting place for them in Heaven.  He also gives them the assurance that He will come back to take them to be with Him forever, for all eternity.  The Gospel reading is therefore an assurance of God’s continuous care for them and us and is an invitation for us not to lose faith.

Today’s readings and the fact that it is Mother’s Day both remind us that we have a mission to proclaim and must bear witness to Jesus and His unconditional love. Our mothers are a great example of this principle. Our mission also reminds us that we need to serve others, sacrificing our time, talents and treasures, just like the example set for us by our mothers.  In this way, we continue to promote the mission entrusted to us by the Risen Lord, the mission of caring for others, preaching the Good News, and evangelizing to the world through our lives.

-Fr. Devdas