My wife and I welcomed our third child into the world on August 13. Charles Augustine is an amazing little guy and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him better over the past few weeks. He is adored by his two older sisters who love holding him, kissing him, and attempting to tickle him. Yet, in all of the wonder of welcoming new life into our family, I am struck by the beauty of my wife’s love for our children. The woman’s body, her love, her sacrifice, is nothing short of amazing. Being a man and father, I have a fairly good understanding of parenthood, but the way she loves, the way a mother loves, is nothing short of Christ-like.
Nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus celebrated the Passover feast with his friends. In a small room He took some bread, gave thanks and said, “This is My body which is given for you.” (Luke 22:19). When I look at my wife, I hear are those same words being uttered to my newborn son. My wife gave birth to Charlie by cesarean section. As she struggles to gain her strength, through all of the aches, pains, discomforts, and fatigue, she’s giving of her body. As her body recuperates after 9 months of creating and maintaining new life, she’s giving of her body. As she nurses Charlie and bears the pain and discomfort which nursing brings, she’s giving of her body. Through it all, Christ is truly present here in my family. Through this sacrificial love which my wife brings, my home and my family is being transformed into holy ground. Her body is her self-sacrificing love which nourishes and sustains our family each and every day.
Moms, you truly are amazing! Your love is unique and beautiful, and so vital for our life and our world. It is a love that can never be matched or replaced by fathers. Mothers and fathers love uniquely, differently, and while we know that research points to the importance of fatherhood in the development of child, fathers can never love in the way that mothers can and do every day. The mother’s sacrifice for her child is the child’s first experience of the love of God. A God who loves so much that He gave his body over for each of His children.
So, to all you moms out there, let me say that I admire you. Whether you are a birth mom, adoptive mom, spiritual mom, or a mother-figure to someone who is not blessed with an involved mother, never forget how amazing you are! Never doubt your greatness, even when, and especially when, you feel like giving up or giving in. God manifests His presence through you and in you. Christ shines His love for all to see through you, as His instrument, and the world will never be the same because of it.