The Song Of Mary
46 And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. 49 For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name. 50 And His mercy is on those who fear Him. From generation to generation.
Happy Mothers Day to all our moms & grandma’s. Today is the day that has been set apart to honor our mothers. For some of us our mothers may have all-ready gone to be with our Lord, for others your mother may be here with you today. Most of you ladies here today are mothers and grand-mothers. Being a mother is a noble and honorable profession. God even chose a young girl named Mary to be the mother of His only Son, Jesus.
The customary age for marriage among Mary’s people was around thirteen or fourteen, so probably she was a young girl when her parents arranged her engagement to Joseph. The angel Gabriel visited her shortly afterwards and announced that she would bear the Savior of the world.
Jewish society treated unmarried pregnant women with shame and scorn, yet Mary remained strong in her faith. Expecting the worst from Joseph, her family and her society, she gratefully accepted God’s will for her life.
Mary was an ordinary girl with extraordinary godly character that gave her an uncommon faith. Completely trusting in her God, in every way Mary was a good and faithful servant.
Mary provides a model of inspiration for ordinary women who can fulfill their deepest vocation by placing themselves at the service of others. She lived her life in relative obscurity, yet the world has celebrated her obedience to God for nearly two thousand years.
Mary was called blessed, because God honored her by choosing her to bear His Son. God is the creator of all life. Every time a woman conceives a child, God blesses her. God is the one who determines who will bear children, when and how many. Because of the sin that Eve committed, mothers must bear an increase pain in childbearing. Our mother’s pain starts at childbirth and it never ends until the Lord calls her home.
A mother feels every pain that her child feels twice over. If a child gets sick or is hurt the mother feels the child’s pain and nurses the child back to health. Even when the child grows up to an adult, the mother still feels every pain and hurt that her adult child feels.
It is said that a man is a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but I tell you that a mother is a master of all.
A mother is a nurse. A mother is a teacher. A mother is a Chef. A mother is a janitor. A mother is a helper. A mother is a counselor. A mother is a chauffeur. A mother is a mentor. And, A mother is blessed.
For the children here today, I want to tell you what God says about the way you are to treat your mother. Of the Ten Commandments, the first four are what we call vertical commands pertaining to God. The first of the lateral commandments says this….
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
God considers your parents, especially your mother to be very important in your life. This is even the first commandment with a promise of a better life for those who honors and obeys their parents….
6 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: 3 “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.”
Children and youth, you may think that you have the meanest and dumbest parents in the world, but if they didn’t love you, then they wouldn’t care what you did with your life. Only perfect children can require perfection from their parents. The only one that has ever lived a perfect life is Jesus Christ. Because your mother loves you, she disciplines you. Sometimes as parents we make mistakes with our children because we are not perfect, but as parents our love for our children never fades.
5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as His son.”
Just as God disciplines His children that He loves, we as parents disciplines our children because we love you and want the very best for you. I see many families today that the children even very little ones shows no respect or authority for the parents. I tell you, it’s a very sad scene to watch. When I see little kids disrespect their parents in public…I tell you…the Filipino in me comes out. (Show the joke)
We should always thank God for allowing us to have a Godly mother. Do you know that Jesus Christ also honored His mother…
25 Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.
As Christ was suffering and dying on the cross, He still was concern about the welfare of His mother. To John, the disciple that He cared for greatly, Jesus gave the responsibility to take care and provide for His mother. Christ showed great love and respect for His mother. Today let us follow our Savior’s example and show respect to our mothers and tell them how much we love them. Don’t wait until it is too late. Do it now. Not just on Mother’s Day, but every day of the year. Love is the greatest gift that any one person can give.
1 Corinthians 13:13
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love is the greatest gift that we can give our moms, wives, and grandmas on this very special day.
Pastor Richard Santos
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