Mary: Comeon!!!!

Happy Mother’s Day!

This day I celebrate my strength as a mom because, again as a Catholic I have a strong role model of what Motherhood is: Mary; whom the Church has called the New Eve, Co-redemptrix!

Mary is a strong confident mother, a woman who raising Jesus, had all the trails and troubles of any mom.  A mom who faced down teen pregnancy, those who were out to harm her infant son, with major moves in her family’s life, who had to deal with a rebellious teen, (Jesus lost in the temple, and that was the second time that Mary had a glimpse of Jesus’ mission, the second was at Cana), and finally the agonizing death of her son.

God had to have picked one very strong woman!

What I love is that Mary was Real, a Real Mom!  Jesus was a Real son, as well as being Divine.  Don’t believe me, we have a real world exchange of an adult son with his mother: On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” “Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Modern version probably went like this: Jesus, BenHiram just told me that the wine ran out.

Jesus to his mother: “So, what does that have to do with me?”

Mary: Comeon!!!!

Jesus: “Look, Mom, I don’t think its my place to ‘butt-in.’” It doesn’t feel like the right time.

Mary: (Gives Jesus, “the EYE) The right time. Not the Right Time! I get it, you don’t want to do something loving, supportive?

Jesus: (Sighs)

Mary: Tells the servants: “Do whatever he tells you!”

What I find so important to us as moms is that Mary is still guiding her son to do and be what God calls him to be. By the time of the wedding at Cana, she must have been very sure that Jesus was called to do great things and she was committed to helping him achieve his calling. Jesus on his part knows his mother well, and knows that she isn’t going to say or do anything that will be counter to what Jesus feels he must do. Perhaps there was a bit of hesitance on Jesus’ part to begin his mission, but Mary saw it as the best time! Jesus will go on to preach that he has come to serve, well, here is his miracle and what is it based on: Serving others!

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 - 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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