Reflection 308: A Mother’s Love


It’s true that no earthly image can fully reveal the perfect love of God.  God is transcendent and His love is beyond what this world can contain.  But nonetheless, there are many things in this world that do reveal aspects of the love of God.  One such image is that of a mother’s love.  Though God has been revealed to us as the Father in Heaven and the Son of God came as a man, we can discover much about the love of God from a mother’s love.  In fact, it is even appropriate to understand that God is like the tenderest mother to us.  Motherhood is sacred because it is part of the natural design of God for humanity.  He puts into a mother’s heart a powerful love for her child, offering unwavering commitment.  Though no mother is perfect except our Blessed Mother, it’s good to look at the beauty of a mother’s love when using it to understand God.  The tenderness and unconditional acceptance of a mother stand out as two aspects that reveal the love of God.  God does love you with a perfect motherly love.  Though this may not be the most common way to speak of His love, it is of great benefit to ponder this beautiful revelation from creation (See Diary #1490).

How do you see God?  Reflect upon your image of God and rely first upon the various images in Scripture.  But also ponder the many natural means through which God communicates His love.  Ponder, today, especially the love that a mother has for her newborn infant.  Reflect upon the unique and powerful draw she has and her unwavering commitment.  The Lord loves you infinitely more.  Always find comfort in this love.

Lord, I thank You for loving me with a perfect love.  I thank You for the gift of motherhood and for the way that You reveal Your unconditional and tender love for me through this gift.  Help me to always know of this love and to seek You as an infant seeks a mother.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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