Sermons for May
MOTHER AND HER SON
Sunday of Easter
note: this week we feature 16 sermons for Mother’s Day
and on the Ascension)
had quit work to stay home and take care of her new baby daughter.
Countless hours of peek-a-boo and other games slowly took
their toll. One evening she smacked her bare toes on the corner
of a dresser and, grabbing her foot, sank to the floor. Her
husband rushed to her side and asked where it hurt. She looked
at her husband through her tear-filled eyes and managed to
moan, “It’s the piggy that ate the roast beef.”
harried mother had three very active boys. One summer evening
she was playing cops and robbers in the back yard after dinner.
One of the boys “shot” his mother and yelled,
“Bang! You’re dead.” She slumped to the
ground. When she didn’t get up right away, a neighbor
ran over to see if she had been hurt in the fall.
the neighbor bent over, the overworked mother opened one eye
and said, “Shhh. Don’t give me away. It’s
the only chance I’ve had to rest all day.”
never been easy being a mother. Do you think it was any easier
for Mary, the mother of Jesus? Life was no picnic for the
wife of a carpenter in Nazareth. They were not an affluent
family. The scripture tells us that when Mary and Joseph dedicated
Jesus at the temple, the offering they made was only two turtle
doves--the offering prescribed for poor families. But there
were other children in the family besides Jesus--a house-full,
in fact. Scholars surmise that there were four additional
boys and an unknown number of girls.
after Jesus’ 12th birthday, we don’t read any
more of Joseph. He probably died young as did many men back
then. Have you ever thought of Mary as a single mom with a
house full of children? How did she do it? She never remarried.
How did she support them? Maybe this is why Jesus delayed
beginning his ministry until he was thirty. Maybe Mary needed
help raising his younger siblings.
not any easier after Jesus began his ministry. Mary did not
understand Jesus’ teachings. She, better than anyone
else, knew that he was sent of God, but he didn’t talk
like the other religious figures in their culture--in fact,
many of his teachings were in direct conflict with the conventional
wisdom of their time. She and his brothers worried about him.
They even asked him to come home. They knew that no good could
come from challenging the established order of things. And
they did well to worry. For soon the establishment struck
hangs her baby boy on a cross. And at the foot of the cross
stands his mother. All his disciples had forsaken him, but
not his mother.
Jesus’ resurrection, Mary began to understand that what
he had been teaching, though it was not what she had been
taught, was reflective of who his Father really was. And Mary,
the mother of Jesus, became one of his followers. And there
she is in today’s lesson, just before Pentecost, with
the disciples awaiting the gift of the Holy Spirit. The writer
of Acts tells it this way: “These all with one mind
were continually devoting themselves to prayer, along with
the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”
think it was easy for Mary? It’s never easy being a
mother. CHILDREN CAN BAFFLE YOU. Jesus baffled Mary. At his
birth she knew he was special. Who could . . .
1. Parables, Etc. Vol. 21. No 4, June 2001, p. 1.
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