Mother’s Day can often bring mixed emotions for many people.
Some years ago we had a parish priest who would gently lead us through a prayer on Mother’s Day where we remembered all those mums who had passed away, those mums who had buried a child, those women who longed to be mothers and those who lived motherhood with all its daily joys and struggles. These were often ‘tissue’ moments, as each person contemplated their own situation or reached out to those who were doing it tough.
Mother’s Day can also be a day for saying, or writing in a card, words of tenderness and love, for saying sorry or offering forgiveness. It is definitely a day for reflection. And to that end, may we be like Mary, who having just given birth to Jesus listened to the words of the visiting shepherds and did treasure those words and ponder them in her heart.