RAY COLLINS: Mother's Day

Yesterday’s celebration of Mother’s Day was, I trust, a very enjoyable one for the many mothers and grandmothers in our school and CSO communities.

I hope the day was full of surprises, a break from the busyness of a mother’s life and an opportunity for time spent with those you love.

It was very fitting that the Gospel reading for yesterday was from the Gospel of John which tells of Jesus meeting with the Apostles just prior to his crucifixion. In this passage he outlines his basic commandment to the disciples and challenges them to not only live that commandment but to demonstrate it to everyone they meet.

“This is my commandment: Love one another, as I have loved you.”

There are very few more perfect expressions of love than that of a mother for her children, from the time of their birth until they are separated by death.

I certainly witnessed that in my own mother who always put her children first and selflessly cared for them into their adult years.

I have on a number of occasions said that my mother was the most important teacher in my life, even allowing for some outstanding teachers I experienced in my school days. Despite the tiredness that raising 6 sons often wrought on her she would read to us every night and encourage us in our learning.

The early Christian communities, in living out Jesus commandment, were known for the way they loved one another and it was this selfless love that enabled Christianity to spread rapidly throughout the world.

We regularly witness this same unconditional love in the many mothers and grandmothers who are involved in our school and CSO communities.

To all mothers I extend my special thanks for the way you support your children (and grandchildren) in their learning and in their development as young people who will carry on Jesus message of love to their own children and to the broader community.

Again, I hope you had a very enjoyable Mother’s Day and that you were spoilt in a manner that reflects the gratitude that we have for all you do.

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Ray Collins is the Director of Schools within the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. He is an authority on education issues.

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