The 4th Sunday of Easter is also celebrated as Good Shepherd or Vocations Sunday. There doesn’t seem to be such a strong focus on religious vocations as there used to be. Nowadays we also recognise that marriage is a vocation and surely parenting too can be a vocation, a calling from God. Today we celebrate Mothers’ Day. Motherhood can take many forms. Biological must still be the most powerful form, but there are adopting, foster, stepmothers and surrogate mothers too. Many grandmothers play that role and in a child-headed family a young girl may be mom to her siblings. The touching words of Jesus about his sheep can surely be applied to mothers and certainly give us food for thought.
My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me, and I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. John 10:27-30.
Pope Francis: Children once born begin to receive along with nourishment and care, the spiritual gift of knowing with certain that they are loved. They learn that the beauty of human relationships touches our soul, seeks our freedom, accepts differences and recognises them as a partner in dialogue. Such is love and it contains a spark of God’s love. AL172.
Mary, model of commitment and love for all mothers. Pray for us,