This picture I downloaded from a friend on Facebook, she and I both consider ourselves very spiritual people; the way we express that aspect of our lives is very different: she is more new age, (which frankly doesn’t bother me; didn’t Jesus come to bring a new age?), and I am Orthodox Irish Catholic, (we tend to be “new agey”).
I was scrolling my timeline after Mass and found this picture, it struck me how it fit in so well with today’s reading at Mass. I agree with 90% of it. We, as Catholics, are called to believe in ourselves as children of God, a priestly people, and to love God, our neighbour and ourself.
Our soul is precious, but they are not divine; as a Catholic I believe only Jesus/God is Divine, I am an imperfect person striving toward perfection; something I am not going to reach on this realm. When I got to the “you’ll automatically be converted to a being who can create miracles”, my heart skipped a beat!
Peter, who becomes the rock onto which Christ will build his church, denies him three times; this man whom Peter in today’s Gospel calls Jesus the Christ, the living Son of God, will falter, must lose heart and deny him before he can be converted to his calling as foundation of the faith. Then, there is Paul, a tax collector, a persecutor of Christians, who even puts Christians to death, gets thrown from his horse and temporarily blinded by God before he can “see anew” and be converted to preach with such love the faith he sees so clearly.
The picture extols us to believe and it surely is the most important aspect of any conversion. Jesus asks his disciples who they thought/believed he was. So, it seems to me that conversion has an inherit believe that God sees such great potential in us, and that we must believe in something larger than ourselves, (God), whose faith and love for us and in our potential has no limits, no bounds! It is this Divine force outside of our very flawed and limited selves that creates the power to convert from thinking so little of ourselves that we don’t realize, or accept, or honour the miracle that is us, the new day, the transformative power of us working united with God to seeing each day as a miracle of new beginnings.
There is also the stripping away of the old to be able to accept the new. Both Peter and Paul’s transformations came only after the old life was stripped from them: Peter denial, Paul’s persecuting Christians. This transformation did not come alone, it came about because of God’s power and the relationships that both men had, and changed. Conversion, creation, transformation can not be done alone, it is always communal, God, you and your neighbour!
As human beings, and most definitely as mothers, we can not truly live life alone. It takes the transforming power of two people to create a life, but the Divine power of God to infuse that life with a soul. It takes the power of two to guide that new life toward a path, but God to infuse that life with a calling. The miracle here is the conversion of the raw potential that is a child into the miracle of person with a calling and purpose.
Something that we as mothers must recognize as well. The conversion of ourselves from who we were before our children to who we are with our children. Like Peter and Paul this experience has changed us forever! We will never be who we were, would we want to be?
We have created the miracle of new life in our children but they have created the miracle of new life within us! It is our responsibility to allow this transformation to change us into the people, mothers, woman God has called us to be.
So let us pray that we believe in the Divine transformation that converts us into miracles! And let us pray for those moms who have yet to believe.