Judges on reality television shows make an agreement with the producers of the television programs that any comments they are going to make to contestants will be made while on air and not in private away from the cameras.
It is these comments which can often be very blunt, that add interest to the program.
When I began this Lenten journey I promised you and myself that we would do it together. In other words that I would not say what was good for you to hear alone but rather what was happening along the journey we are on.
Today I was told that last night my 87 year old mother fell over and broke both her shoulder and her hip. She was found in the retirement village in her room where she lives when her dinner was brought to her. As I write this now she is in surgery. The surgeon told my brother just before she went into surgery a couple of hours ago that at her age any number of complications could occur.
The doctor said that if she does pull through the surgery the recovery period is also a dangerous time for her.
My memories of my mother from when I was a young boy are of someone full of life who seemed to be able to do ten things at once and have three conversations going at the same time. Nothing was too much trouble for her when it came to my four brothers and I. As she got older she would tell people that we had been perfect and that we had never done anything wrong and never argued or fought among ourselves when we were young boys. The older mum got the better our behaviour as children seemed to get. This is not my recollection of us at all.
When I think of mum I think of love. Mum’s love was not based on our efforts or whether we were wellbehaved or not. Mum loved us because that was who she was as a person. We were, “her boys” as she would say.
I think my mum’s love is a lot like Gods love but God loves us even more perfectly, relentlessly and wholeheartedly.
We know that the God who knows our words, thoughts and feelings always sees us as we truly are.
ACTION: Today as you pray concentrate on God as all loving. It is a powerful image.
ACTION 2: Please pray for my mum.
GOSPEL READING: John 8: 51-59
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