Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Mark 1:29-39
Jesus’ whole ministry was comprised of healing, forgiving, and teaching. In today’s Gospel, after several healings, He took respite in a deserted place to pray, rejuvenate, and rest. However, it was not long before he was found and it was back to work again--that sounds just like the role of a mom!
As mothers, we are always having to fix a booboo, referee sibling battles, and show them how to ask and give forgiveness. We are teachers of life! That is a lot to ask of one human at times, I know. But we do it, every day, every week, and it does make a difference. And we are not perfect at it. I remember once a dear friend of mine who had 5 kiddos and I was at home with a new baby, a toddler, and a teenager at the time. She called me in tears one afternoon, “Please tell me I didn’t to anything wrong just now!” She went on to explain to me that she wanted to take a break and hide in the bathroom but after a few minutes into her quiet time, she noticed several sets of fingers under the door. She exasperatedly rolled up the newspaper she was reading and started swatting at those little fingers telling them that mommy needs a break!!!
Well, we both had a good laugh, I told her she was alright, and no one got hurt, so yeah, she is still a good mom. But we do have those moments!
Throughout the Gospel, Jesus goes to rest, to pray and refresh Himself. It is written down for a reason, to teach us that it is necessary. And if Jesus, the Son of God needed to take a break to pray and rest, so should we!
We all have those days, tired, feeling disheveled, and maybe a bit bored; but we get up and do it all over again. How do you keep going? Do you have a friend, a favorite scripture? How can you reach out to another mom?
Dear Lord, You know my heart, how I love and then how I can get tired. Thank You for the gifts of those around me. Give me Your strength to be the best I can be for You and for my family and friends. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Copyright 2021 Ebeth Weidner
About the Author
Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.