Mass Readings: Joel 2:12-18/2 Corinthians 5:20–6:2/Matthew 6:1-6,16-18

A Mother’s Love

I headed for Mass last Ash Wednesday morning but I just couldn’t go in. So soon after Monica’s death, the thought of being in church and hearing about death and dust was just too much for me. I turned the car for home and later that day went to visit my mom and Monica’s mom, both in the same assisted-living/nursing-care facility. As I walked down a hallway a chaplain, a nun, gave me a big, smudged thumbs up. She was distributing ashes to patients who couldn’t make it to Mass. Would I like some? Oh, and would I like to receive Communion, too?

There are times when God does seem like an all-loving mother. Cradling me. Comforting me. Carrying me. And on Ash Wednesday, saying, “Remember, Bill, that you are mine. And back to me you will return.”

Prayer: Dear Lord, richly bless and keep the amazing women in my family, my life and my Church.