First Reading Acts 6:-7
Psalm 33: 1-2,4-5, 18-19
Second Reading 1 Peter 2-4
Gospel John 14:1-12
Today’s Gospel: We read that Jesus predicted to his friends some troubling news.. He told them that Judas would betray Him, Peter would deny Him, adding that “in a short time He would be leaving them”. Of course his disciples were shaken up. They were upset and anxious and possibly shocked. Who wouldn’t be, asking particularly, WHY are you leaving us? Jesus reassured them saying: “you are used to having me walk with you in one way, but once I’m gone, I’ll be with you in a new way. I will never leave you, even if you have a hard time finding me the way you used to. “Jesus, help me trust that you are with me always, come and calm my fears.”
Today’s world: In today’s world due to COVID-19 virus we are hearing about “social distancing”, and “a digital process” ideal when available, helping us possibly to sit in our cars as opposed to the shoulder to shoulder church benches or chairs to pray with the pastors as they lead us from a central area, possibly a parking lot to celebrate Mass together… Loving generous thanks is spreading BEAUTY over the earth via the relational support given to so many in need. “Be at peace Jesus said. Don’t be afraid.”
Today’s Prayer: We bless all mothers today, all those known and those not known. We look to Mary, wondering about her life with her Son, Jesus. Reality initiates our thoughts. Thus we look around and see or hear of homeless mothers, immigrant/refugee mothers, mothers in prison, abused mothers, mother’s having difficult relationships, women desiring a child, women mothering those in need, women suffering from COVID-19. If the church desires to honor the full scope of Mother’s Day, it should look for ways to acknowledge and embrace the Entire Complex Universe of ways that people experience it.
Marian Boberschmidt OSF