Mother’s Day is a day to celebrate mom – how much she sacrifices, loves and gives – but not everyone gets the mom they need or hope for. For some, it’s a day of sadness and loss. Maybe you’ve lost your mom or maybe due to addiction, illness or abandonment, you never really had a mom.
You attempt to find a card to wish her happy Mother’s Day and all you see are cards thanking her for all the things she never did.
When I think of the broken relationships in my life, it’s discouraging and sad. I wish there were something I could say or do to make things better – help them get it. Sometimes relationships are hard. It could be so much more but unless God does a miracle, it seems to be unfixable. Broken.
Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call Him. A crowd was sitting around Him, and they told Him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.” “Who are my mother and my brothers?” He asked. Then He looked at those seated around Him and said, “Here are my mother and brothers! Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.” –Mark 3:31-35 NIV
Jesus had family stuff. It encourages me to know Jesus had family stuff. He didn’t come from a perfect family who always loved and supported Him. In this instance, Jesus entered a house and a large crowd gathered – He was teaching. Apparently, people from the community went to His family and said, “He’s at it again – He’s going to cause a riot! You need to do something! The teachers of the law aren’t happy….there’s going to be trouble! He’s your son….can’t you do something?”
Of course, I’m guessing but I think it went something like that. So off they went….maybe embarrassed for Him and themselves, not understanding His mission or what He was doing. Only aware people were upset and felt as a family they needed to intervene.
Mark 3:21 says, “When His family heard about this, they went to take charge of Him, for they said, ‘He is out of His mind.’” I wonder if on a human level, it hurt – His own family didn’t totally believe in what He was doing.Our families can be our biggest critics, obstacles or sadly, even our enemies. Click To Tweet
Maybe Jesus was acknowledging we are often misguided, broken, people living in a fallen world. Things aren’t the way they’re supposed to be. People, relationships have cracks and chips…..sometimes they break beyond repair. Sometimes for your own good, you might have to step away.
I’m not saying that’s the point of this parable but Jesus may have used this moment – His own moment of being misunderstood to say look to God and not people. I can trust Him to fill in the holes and provide what I need.
For all the moms – those here on earth, those in heaven and the prodigal moms we still wait for – Happy Mother’s Day!
Is Mother’s Day a day of celebration for you or a day of loss?