May 10, 2020: Reflection for Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020

By Mary Bartek, Notre Dame Associate

Mother’s Day 2020!  How many times during this pandemic have I heard my mother’s voice echo in the back of my mind?  “You just came in from outside. Wash your hands!” “Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.”  “If you are going to help in the kitchen, wash your hands.”  Now many years later, I still hear those words but from those concerned with our health during the pandemic.  How wise was my mother, and more than likely, her mother.

When I have thoughts of uncertainty, I have reflected on the life of Mary.  Starting with the angel coming to her and informing her she was going to have a son! (Luke 1:26-38) and her response was, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” How did she have so much trust in the Lord?

Then read in the Canticle of Mary.  What praise she has for the Lord!  “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

Continue on to the birth of Jesus.  It was a time that Caesar Augustus decreed that all will be enrolled or somewhat like today’s census.  What uncertainty Mary must have had taking a trip while soon to give birth to her child.

Each event there was an angel saying, “Do not be afraid!”  So, I feel that there were always times of uncertainty during the life of Mary but she praised the Lord and was reassured to be unafraid for He was with her.

During this event of the pandemic turn to the Bible and to the life of those inside the pages to find comfort and reassurance that the Lord will help you through this time and all the days ahead.

Also, on Mother’s Day, thank your mother, here or in heaven, for the wise instruction they gave us in trying to remain healthy and well by doing the simplest task of washing our hands!  Be safe and unafraid!