In the today’s world, we are trained to have a “right now” mentality:
- fast food
- around-the-clock help-desks
- overnight delivery
- Internet shopping
- 24-hour gas stations…
We have a mental and emotional habit of expecting results “right now.”
But Jesus taught us so often that the Kingdom of God, our transformation in Christ, is like a mustard seed, that takes time to grow; a farmer’s field, that only gradually produces its crop; a diligent merchant, who spends years and years searching for the pearl of great price.
How can we overcome our modern, right-now mentality in order to let God work in our lives at his own, wise pace?
We have to look to our mothers.
Motherhood is a school of wisdom. For nine months a mother bears her child, who grows slowly, but surely and steadily, in her womb. She knows that she cannot rush the process; she must be patient, both before and after the child’s birth. And so each day becomes a precious opportunity to love, to hope, to wait, and to trust in the mysterious designs of God. This is the experience of every mother, and most especially of the Mother of God, Mary.
On this Mother’s Day, we should thank our mothers for their hidden sacrifices, their constant love, and their invaluable generosity. And we should do so even more in this day and age when mothers are under attack by a culture that undervalues motherhood. But we should not only thank them, we should also learn from them.
If motherhood is a school of wisdom, then by God’s providence we each have a lot to learn from our mothers (including the Blessed Virgin Mary).
And there is no better way to show our gratitude to them than by being good students ourselves.