May 14, 2017
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
Mother’s Day celebrates the new life that God creates between a man and a woman open to the gift of life. Motherhood results from openness: to God as creator and to being loved by her husband. God’s plan brings great joy to women as God’s gift is sustained and nourished by her in the womb and after birth. What a wondrous design the Lord has made for mothers! They are privileged to carry God’s unrepeatable gift within them.
Our Lord Jesus Christ also willed to be born of a woman, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. She among all women was made full of grace in order to be a worthy vessel for the God-man. He chose her to be His Mother in a wholly unique way. Through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit the eternal Son of God descended into Mary, the ark of the new covenant. The bond between Jesus and Mary is indescribable. The One Who created her has become her Son. The Mother bears God and raises Him as her true son. Her Son is God in the flesh Who desired to empower her to help save mankind.
Honor your human mother and your Blessed Mother. Our union with them should last forever. Both have been given to you as gifts from our loving Father. He wills that we appreciate their unique roles in our salvation. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!
God bless you,