On Mother's Day, we celebrate and honour the vital role mothers play in our lives. A mother’s role is two-fold and incredibly significant, not just for the individual but also for society as a whole.
Firstly, a mother nurtures her child in the womb, creating a natural body and then developing the natural mind, enabling the child to find their place in the world and contribute to society. Secondly, through mothers, the Lord provides the foundation for all future spiritual growth and transformation. It is primarily through her, especially in infancy, that a child inherits a wealth of celestial and spiritual love, forming the basis for all Divine guidance in their later development.
Beyond a simple commandment to honour them, mothers, like our natural fathers, deserve respect and honour if they genuinely fulfil their parental duties. This extends beyond merely catering to the material and physical needs of their children. It involves their cooperation with the Lord in shaping a genuine spiritual character for eternal life in heaven. The commandment to honour our parents, thus, transcends the biological relationship, leading to the spiritual plane where we honour, worship, and love the Lord.
Even parents with their flaws, as demonstrated in the Bible (Matthew 7: 9-11), are inclined to care for their children's material needs. However, such care is incomplete without considering the spiritual dimension, as the Lord taught: "‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’." (Matthew 4:4)
It is essential to note that the love of parents, even when flawed, often stems from a form of self-love—they love their children because they see themselves reflected in them. A good parent, however, loves their children for what they are set to become—contributors to the Lord's kingdom. This love leads them to care for their child's spiritual welfare, as well as their natural wellbeing. The outward expression of this care is signified by the sacrament of baptism.
As adults, we should honour our parents for the roles they have played in our lives, not merely because of our biological connections. The spiritual interpretation of the commandment points to the true purpose of parenthood—preparing individuals for their eternal place in heaven. This use is Divine and is performed by the Lord Himself, even though He operates through natural parents, teachers, and friends.
As we delve deeper into the understanding of parenthood from the perspective of its uses, we come to understand how to truly honour our parents. We can revere that which they themselves hold dear. And
then, we can internally express that love and honour as we strive to embody in our lives the values they sought to instil in us.
On this Mother's Day, let's remember and appreciate the immense contributions of our mothers, who not only gave us life but also shaped our character and spirit. Mothers, your service is divine, and we honour you today and always. Happy Mother's Day!