On this Mothers Day I wish joy and peace to all the moms of Holy Family Parish. I will be offering Mass this Sunday for all our mothers - living or deceased. At the same time I thank you for your wonderful concern and prayers since the death of my mom on January 27 of this year.

During this month of May we honor not only our earthly mothers, but also the Blessed Virgin Mary. I recently came across this lovely reflection on Mary by Lutheran Pastor William Cwirla:

"Jesus had a mother. Mary is the model of Christian motherhood. She stands at the end of a long line of chosen mothers - Eve, Sarah, Rebeckah, Leah, Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bethsheba, and a host of nameless women. These women carried the Promise of God, that through the Seed of the woman would come the salvation of the world. Mary trusted God. She trusted Him in her virgin pregnancy. Though the world looked down on this poor, unwed, pregnant teenager, God blessed her. She is called "highly favored among women."

"You can hold your heads high with pride, my dear sisters in Christ. A woman is called "the mother of our Lord." No man bears such honor and dignity.

"The disgrace of Eve's deception is taken away by the blessed Fruit of Mary's conception.

"At just the right moment, "God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law." God entered our world the hard way, our way, by the way of a human mother.

"Every conception, every birth, reminds us of the birth of Jesus. He sanctified the womb with his presence. He made it a holy place. Motherhood is holy work. Every child born of a woman is an echo of His Incarnation. That's what St. Paul meant when he said that the woman would be saved by childbirth or the birth of the child. Women are saved through the birth of their children by the birth of God's Child.

"Jesus honored his mother - as a child, as an adult, on the cross. He was the perfect Son to His mother. Perfect where we could not be perfect. Perfect in our place.

"By His dying and rising, Jesus forgives the sins of mothers against their children and the children's sins against their mothers. He's nailed them to the cross. He's drowned them in the flood of Baptism. We are forgiven. We are at peace. We are free. Free to give thanks to God for our mothers.

"We also give thanks for our spiritual mother the Church. The Large Catechism calls her the holy mother that gives birth to believers through the Word. St. Paul calls the church "Jerusalem from above," the free mother who bears free children."

May God bless you all as we honor the Mother of Jesus - and as we honor and pray for the ones who gave birth to us.