Sunday, May 11, 2014
The Honorable Sacrifice of Motherhood
Motherhood is a sacrifice. It is a sacrifice that changes over time: first pregnancy and childbearing, then raising an infant, then a toddler, then an older child, than a teenager, then the child moves out. Motherhood is a constantly changing sacrifice. Motherhood is honorable simply because it is a sacrifice. Sacrifice is a good thing. A sacrifice is a blessing from God because it is a means for joining ourselves to His sacrifice on the cross. To those whom He favors, God bestows a cross to carry.
The selflessness of sacrifice makes it honorable. We are all called to sacrifice, and each of us in a different way. There are many gifts in one Spirit as the Apostle says. Today, we celebrate the sacrifice of motherhood. There are many women who refuse to offer sacrifice and be a mother when called upon by God. That is one of several things that makes divorce so sinful: each parent puts their own sex lives and who they want to have sex with ahead of their children. That is what makes abortion so sinful. Beyond the fact that it's murder (which is the least of what's wrong with it), it is a refusal to sacrifice and live the sacrifice of a mother. Contraception is the refusal to live the sacrifice of a mother and is sinful for the same reason (they are both anti-reproductive and that is what makes them sinful, abortion being murder is just gravy on top). All these sins are a refusal to sacrifice; a refusal to offer the sacrifice of a mother when called upon by God. They are all forms of the "me before sacrifice" mentality and that philosophy is indeed the root of all evil and all sin in the Church and in the whole world.
The selfishness of such women only serves to make the honorable women that dutifully offer the sacrifice of motherhood to appear all the more honorable. Today we salute the women who had the courage, strength, selflessness, decency, and discipline to accept God's will when they were found with child, imitating their leader the Theotokos, and live the sacrifice of motherhood faithfully every day.