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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Looby

7th Sunday of Easter & Mother's Day 2024

My mother, Barbara Looby, holding her first born son (yours truly) shortly after I was born in July 1970.

I recently came across this story about a woman named Maria who lives in the rugged mountains of South America, amidst the harsh realities of poverty and adversity.

Maria was faced with a daunting challenge: to provide for her children after her husband fell ill. With limited resources and no one to turn to for help, Maria could have easily succumbed to despair. Yet, fueled by her love for her children and an unyielding faith in God, she refused to give up.

Rolling up her sleeves, Maria embarked on a journey of determination and sacrifice. From dawn till dusk, she toiled tirelessly, taking on odd jobs in the village to put food on the table and ensure her children's well-being. 

Her days were filled with backbreaking labor, but her heart remained steadfast, fueled by a mother's love that knew no bounds.

Maria said, "I may not have much, but I have my children, and for them, I will move mountains."

In Maria's story, we witness the transformative power of love—the love that inspires us to selflessly serve and sacrifice for others. 

Her example reminds us that true unity is found in love, a love that transcends differences and unites us as one family in Christ.

Today, as we honor our mothers—our first teachers and counselors in faith—we also acknowledge their vital role in moving mountains to foster our overall well-being, guiding us through life’s challenges with strength and wisdom derived from both grace and love.

In today’s Gospel, we hear a part of Jesus’ High Priestly Prayer, a prayer that He prayed for His disciples and, by extension, for all of us. He prays not just for their unity and protection but for their sanctification.

“Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth,” Jesus beseeches the Father.

Here, Christ is not merely asking for His followers to be set apart. He is charging them with a mission to live out the truth in a world that often embraces falsehood.

Similarly, our mothers consecrate us in many truths. From our earliest moments, they teach us the foundational truths of love, sacrifice, compassion, and resilience.

Mothers mirror the prayer of Jesus. They pray for us, worry over us, and seek God’s protection for us.

They consecrate us in the truth through their actions and words, setting us apart in a world that needs the light of Christ. 

They, like Jesus, serve as a bridge between God and us, guiding us back to our Father when we stray.

“Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth.”

Jesus prayed these words knowing that His time on earth was drawing to a close, facing His passion and death. Yet His concern was for His disciples’ welfare and their sanctity.

As we reflect on the protective and sanctifying love Jesus speaks of in His prayer, let us also honor the maternal figures in our lives who have embodied this love.

Whether our biological mothers, adoptive mothers, spiritual mothers, or those who have assumed a motherly role, we thank God for them.

Women, who like Maria, moved mountains for us in order to reflect this sacrificial love of Christ!

We see in them the fulfillment of Jesus’ prayer: they help keep us in God’s name, and they teach us the truth that sets us free.

Let’s also pray for ourselves.  Whether or not we are moms, let us pray that we may have the strength to move mountains in order for the people under our care to know the love of Jesus Christ.

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