And now, in honor of Mother’s day, a few things your mother said to you which you vowed never to say to your children – things such as: “We’ll see, maybe later,” or “Shut the door; were you born in a barn?” or “Just wait till your father gets home,” or “I suppose if everyone else jumped off the bridge, you would too,” or “You’re going to poke somebody’s eye out with that,” and the all-time favorite: “Because I said so.”
But then you grew up, got married, had kids and found that these profound sayings are actually hereditary. It’s like you can’t help saying them to your children.
You also discovered that at least some of these things are true. Take, for instance, Mom’s (or Dad’s) reminder: “You’ve never had it so good!” Forget for a moment all the jokes about your parents walking to school barefoot, in the snow, up-hill, both ways, while beating off a grizzly bear with their three-ring binder. When it comes to educational opportunities, technological toys and modern conveniences, many of us have never had it so good. Sadly, on other levels, our parents may have had it better. At least our parents knew that marriage was something between a man and a woman, that marriage was what you do before you move in together, that children are expected to obey their parents and not the other way around. So even the remark, “You’ve never had it so good!” is only partly true only part of the time.
But if you have a Godly mother who carried you to the arms of Jesus in Holy Baptism and has done all she could to see that you stay there, then truly, you’ve never had it so good! So said wise King Solomon: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30).