Sixth Sunday of Easter May 10, 2015
A Mother with a Ministry
In our Gospel passage for today, Jesus commands his disciples then and now to “love one another” (John 15:17). Those three words are a clear directive from our Savior that doesn’t require much discussion or interpretation. Sharing Christ’s love for others in concrete expressions of helpfulness and kindness is a mark of the Christian lifestyle.
This text was especially meaningful for me as I considered it in the context of Mother’s Day. I was blessed with a loving mother. But not only did Mom love us. She also set an incredible example in her caring for others. The Lord blessed her with a compassionate heart, and she lived out her faith performing countless loving deeds. God truly called her to an effective ministry of Christian caring.
Mom was an excellent cook. When she made meals for our family, she would often multiply the recipe and deliver food to the elderly folks and young families in our neighborhood. She was a prolific note-writer, offering encouragement and Christian concern to others who were struggling. She was always involved in the mission efforts of her church to help others. Whenever someone needed physical assistance or a spiritual lift, Mom was there to provide it.
I know that Mom’s tireless efforts to live out Christ’s command to love one another brought much joy into her life. Consider the reason Jesus gives in our passage for this commandment: “so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11). It can hardly be a burden to be called to do something for the Lord and for others that will fill you with such joy.
I realize that the seeds of my calling to the pastoral ministry were sown by my observations of my mother, who enthusiastically responded to Jesus’ charge to “love one another.”
Terry Folk, pastor, Schoeneck Moravian Church,Nazareth, Pennsylvania