Thought for the week

“God could not be everywhere and thus he made mothers.” So runs a Jewish proverb.

The significance of Mary, the mother of Jesus, varies in different branches of the church, but whatever attributes are given to her across the Christian family, all would surely agree that she is, in modern language, a superb role model.

She is especially honoured for her purity, spirituality and goodness as the most appropriate way of marking Mothering Sunday.

The more we try to achieve goodness, the less attainable it becomes. If it manifests itself in an individual life, as shown to the Disciples in the New Testament, goodness flows from the “Christ within”.

This truth lies at the heart of our belief in “justification by faith alone.”

Goodness is not the merit we create in order to claim divine approval.

It is that which develops within us through “amazing grace”.

Among the many blessings Jesus brought when “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”, was his shining goodness.

Yet when those in authority sought to address Jesus as “Good Master”, he would seek to avert such admiration, saying “there is only one that is good and that is God”.

At this time of Mothering Sunday, it is right to suggest that some of the Lord’s goodness was, surely, the result of his having a good and wonderful mother.

John Proctor