'As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.' (Isaiah 66.13)
It’s good to have an occasion to celebrate our mothers, living or departed, remembering with love and gratitude all that they have done for us. This was the inspiration for Mothers Day, which originated in America in 1907 It is celebrated each year on the 2nd Sunday of May.
So why are we celebrating today, on 14th March?
Since medieval times Mothering Sunday has been celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, reflecting the ‘mothering’ role of Christ’s Church. This is not only about mothers, but about mothering: about nurturing, loving, encouraging others; about helping them. to grow to maturity.
And so, as we give thanks for our mothers we thank God too for all those, both women and men, parents or childless, who have ‘mothered’ us.