The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you
Narcissism, fluidity, and faith deconstructionism are increasingly becoming the opium and pre-occupation of our post-modern, post-Christian, and post-truth world. The consequence of these cultural trends then is that almost everywhere we turn we are told to love ourselves, pamper yourself, forgive yourself, enjoy yourself, forget the traditional family, and ensure you take care of yourself first because your first responsibility is to your lovely self. We are subtly advised not to invest too much of our time, energy, and resources in other people because they might and will disappoint us after all that’s what people do all the time. So if you’re smart, we are counseled, you need to make sure you are secure and squared away for life first before worrying about anyone else. That’s where many live today: in the citadel of self.
By contrast, our mothers labor selflessly every day making tremendous sacrifices in order to care for our families and for others. Our mothers are multi-professionals: housekeepers, teachers, cooks, janitors, facilities managers, van drivers, nurses, psychologists, and sometimes the main breadwinner in the home, without much complaining. Our mothers are changing the present and future of society by simply being good and godly mothers. Allan Moseley was right when he wrote, “Women who work hard for their families are making the most significant, the highest, most holy contribution to society that can be made. They are shaping destiny by training the will, mind, and heart of the next generation. We should give them all the praise and honor they deserve.”
That is so very true and that is why we join others around the world to thank our mothers and to tell them that we love and appreciate them as we pray for an abundance of God’s blessings in their lives.
We wish all mothers a Happy Mothers Day!
The Rt Rev’d Dr Felix & Lilian Orji
Anglican Diocese of the West.
Coordinating Bishop of CONNAM.