[COLUMN] A Mother’s Day message

“Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.” —Jn 14:21

This Gospel passage reminds me of the Funeral    Service Vigil I led for a 98-year-old mother last week. Her family members describe her as a woman, wife, and mother who lived life to the fullest, enjoying its pleasures, including the Lakers games, and always showing her love for God, family, relatives, and friends. Faithful to her husband, God gave her the gift of celebrating 76 years of marriage, which is rare to hear nowadays.

Although many remember her as a person who led a joyous and fulfilled life, I’m sure that she also had her share of suffering and pain. But her love for God and vice versa made her strong and sustained her hope. The words of Jesus were evident in her life: “And whoever loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

So here’s my message to all mothers: Keep loving God with all your heart and soul. Remain close to him in prayer daily. Feel His love for you and speak your love for Him. When you develop this intimacy with God, you will experience growth in joy, love, and peace.

Happy Mother’s Day! Know that we appreciate all your love and sacrifices. Our love, affection, and best wishes go to you!

We also acknowledge all other women who, although were not blessed with motherhood, have shown love for children, youth, and family life.

May the blessings of the Almighty God be upon all of us as we remember to pray for mothers, living and dead!

Enjoy your Mother’s Day celebration!

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The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the author do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the Asian Journal, its management, editorial board and staff.

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Fr. Rodel “Odey” Balagtas is the pastor of Incarnation Church in Glendale, California.


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