The Feast of the Ascension is truly an uplifting day to celebrate. This is the day that Jesus tells his disciples, “I came from the Father and have come into the world: now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” This phrase is not a sad farewell but rather a message of courage and hope.
I learned, as a young Catholic school girl, this was the day that Jesus showed us the bridge between heaven and earth. The day a human Jesus enters into God’s heavenly kingdom and reassures us that we sinful mortals are given the chance to enter into heaven too. What grace God has given us! Here he is showing his ultimate sign of love and mercy, not because we have earned it, but because he desires us to have it.
Mother’s Day is a great time to remember and celebrate the love and mercy our mothers and grandmothers have shown us. To remember the days they have forgiven us and welcomed us into their arms, even when we didn’t deserve it.
It is also a day for young mothers to reflect on what it means to accept God’s grace. Most times no one is more critical of our ability to raise our tiny humans than ourselves. There are days we can find ourselves in a constant state of self-judgment. Are we giving them enough fruits and vegetables? Protein? How can we get more protein in their diet…in our diets? Is their plastic sippy cup going to give them cancer? Pacifier or no pacifier? You get the idea. There are a million ways in which we feel we can go wrong. What we forget is that there are a million ways in which we are already doing things right. We love our kids unconditionally everyday no matter how many messes they make or tantrums they throw. We show love and mercy, not because they have earned it, but because they are our children.
Just as we want our kids to accept our unconditional love, God longs for us to accept his. We are sinful humans, but God still wants to welcome us home into his kingdom. What a great day to celebrate God’s grace than on this Feast/Mother’s Day!