May 10, 2020
by Angela Maynard
Creighton University's Student Health Services
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Fifth Sunday of Easter
Lectionary: 52

Acts 6:1-7
Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19
1Peter 2:4-9
John 14:1-12

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As I reflect on the readings of today I find myself very moved by a couple of things. 

For some, today is Mother’s Day.  In the Catholic faith tradition, we honor the mother of Jesus Christ, Mary. I see her as a fierce protector of her son, Jesus. As a Catholic I believe that Mary is my spiritual mother, and protector.  I frequently find myself praying to her for guidance as I travel my own journey as a mother.  The excursion known as motherhood can be exciting, scary, bumpy, joyful and full of awe, sometimes all in the same day!  I’m blessed to have a mother who modeled the importance of faith through her life.  I’m grateful everyday to be celebrating another Mother’s Day with her.

The second item that touched me was the following:

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

I fondly remember hearing the pastor at Holy Cross in Omaha preaching on this verse.  He seemed to start by reciting this verse with a booming voice and through his homily transitioned to a very kind, gentle caring tone in which he really encouraged the congregation to truly leave their troubles and trust in God.

As a nurse, I find the navigation of this global pandemic to be full of challenges.  I’ve had the opportunity to accompany many as they manage the impacts of COVID-19.  I hear voices wrought with fear as my patients battle illness or care for family members who are sick.  I hear criticism of many decision makers and I hear critics who maintain that this is all a hoax. People are unkind to each other over decisions that are made without remembering that this is a novel situation. Nobody has encountered a global pandemic in over 100 years!

If I think about this very long, I can go down some really dark holes.

I’ve had to be very intentional about remaining positive, graceful, and hopeful. The one thing that I’ve leaned on the most is my faith.  I’m continually practicing gratitude and at night I tell myself to “Give it to God and go to sleep.”  I pray the rosary frequently because it really helps me manage the anxiety that can come with the unknown.  I find comfort in knowing that Mary asks that we pray the rosary for peace.  I need some peace as I witness the current chaos around me.

So, I urge us all to take some time and remember Jesus’ words: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” Really think about these words.  Trust in God’s love for me. Try to “give it to God and go to sleep."

Like me, it seems that Jesus learned a lesson or two from his mother.  He affords protection and calm to his followers.  His mother, Mary, offers protection and peace.  My hope is that we can all experience times of peace as we renew trust in the words of Jesus and his mother during this turbulent time.

Is it a coincidence that Jesus teaches this lesson on Mother’s Day during a global pandemic?  I think not.

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