Between Mother’s and Father’s days, there is a lot of reflection on the qualities that we admire in our parents.
It might be the sacrifices they made for you, the way they believed in you, or even the funny habit your dad had of falling asleep every time he watches TV. In short, there is a lot we are thankful for in our parents.
It might be time to change up how we celebrate these wonderful holidays. This spring, consider honoring Mary and Joseph as Jesus’ parents. If you think that your parents made sacrifices, think of what Mary and Joseph went through.
When Mary conceived Jesus, she was still a virgin. Joseph, however, wanted to break off the engagement because he thought she had been unfaithful. It wasn’t until an angel visited him in his dream that he knew of baby Jesus. Even then, it was unheard of for a woman to be pregnant out of wedlock. There was a lot of personal suffering for him because of this.
Mary gave birth to Jesus in a manger, because there was no room at the inn. Let’s really think about this for a moment. When women today are ready to give birth, they go to the hospital where highly trained doctors surround them and usher them through the process. Mary and Joseph were on their own to deliver God’s Lamb – of all people!
Jesus was able to honor his parents, however. The best example is when Mary hosted the wedding party at Cana. He helped his mother turn a large amount of water into wine when the supply had run out. He was there for his parents, just as they were there for him.
Lastly, we must consider the biggest sacrifice that was made from a parent’s perspective: the crucifixion of Jesus. By this time, Joseph had already passed away, and there are only mentions of Mary being at the crucifixion and later on, at his tomb. No parent wants to bury his or her own child, especially not a child who had been destined to die in such a manner.
This spring, don’t forget to honor Mary and Joseph, the parents of such a perfect child, in your celebrations.