How Would Jesus Celebrate Mother’s Day

How Would Jesus Celebrate Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is celebrated in many parts of the world as a day to honor mothers and motherhood.  In the United States, Canada, and Australia it is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday in May.

One indicator of the importance of Mother’s Day is that it’s the busiest day of the year for phone calls, with an estimated 122 million phone calls made in the U.S. alone.  There’s a natural desire in most people to want to honor their mother, if it’s possible. That’s why billions of dollars are spent on buying flowers, cards, and taking Mom out to dinner.

Honoring our mother fits nicely into the well-known commandment:

“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.” – Exodus 20:12

By honoring our mother, we not only fulfill one of the Ten Commandments, we honor the Lord because He loved us first.

“We love Him because He first loved us.” - -1 John 4:19

For many people, celebrating Mother’s Day is a joyous occasion.

But not for everyone.

For Some, Mother’s Day is Painful

Some find Mother’s Day difficult to celebrate. They might even find it painful.

Consider:

  • A child (of any age) whose relationship with their mother is strained.
  • An adult who is trying to forget a difficult (or even horrible) childhood.
  • A mother who loved and raised a child, but has no idea where they are today.
  • A mother that grieves over the loss of a child.
  • A mother who bore a child, but gave away her rights for someone else to raise them.
  • Someone who desperately wanted children, but were not blessed to have any.
  • Someone who gave their all to a child not their own, and now feels forgotten.

While there are lots of different scenarios, good and not so good, there IS a common theme to them all.

Everyone wants to be loved. Everyone has love to offer others.

No matter what experiences we may have had, we ALL need love. And we recognize that the source of all love is GOD.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” – 1 John 4:7

It is God who puts love into a mother, and all those who love like a mother. That is something to celebrate!

How Would Jesus celebrate Mother’s Day?

Celebrating Mother’s Day is a more recent concept (in the U.S. it started 1908). This raises an interesting question:

How would Jesus celebrate Mother’s Day?

If we look at Jesus’ adult relationship with His mother, Mary, we see that He spent time with her. (John 2:1-12) Jesus also loved his mother so much He made sure Mary’s needs would be met after His death by giving her care into the hands of His disciple, John. (John 19:26-27)

Based on all that Jesus taught, and the example He set, He would highlight the importance of LOVE. He might also reference what He prayed to His Father in John 17:26:

“And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

If Mother’s Day is about celebrating Godly love, then it’s about commemorating the kind of love that Jesus demonstrated. It’s much more than just words. It’s about the deeds performed to honor the Lord.

As Jesus taught so clearly using a parable, He honors all those who have performed - and continue to do  - the following deeds:

“for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” – Matthew 25:35-36

This is how many people remember and honor those who loved them like a mother. Such actions are a beautiful testimony of God’s love that is ever present.

Lastly, Apostle Paul may have penned the best summary statement about the kind of love we associate with a God-fearing mother:

 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails...” – 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8

In whatever form you celebrate Mother’s Day – and whenever that is - may you experience the full love of Jesus. And then in turn, share this with others!

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Robert and Lori Ferguson

Robert & Lori Ferguson are best friends who have been married for 30-plus years. Their mission is to encourage husbands and wives to lead meaningful lives. Read more at EncourageYourSpouse.com.