Nonetheless, there are some good reasons to go to church on Mother's Day. Well, I came up with seven anyway.
7 Reasons to Go to Church on Mother's Day
1. Guilt -- Your mother wants you to go to church. Be a good boy/girl and go to church. You wouldn't want to disappoint your mother on Mother's Day would you?
2. Flowers -- If you forgot to buy flowers you can always surreptitiously remove them from the altar after the service. If anyone questions you, simply tell them you're "bringing them to the home-bound." Then tell your mother she's not allowed to leave the house for the rest of the day.
3. Mary -- In John's gospel, Jesus "saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’" So, yes, Mary -- the God Bearer.
4. "Let it Be" -- If your priest is over 60, there's a good chance this Beatles song will end up as the offertory anthem. "And when I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be."
5. Dishes -- If you're a mother of young children, you know your well-intentioned cherubs made a mess in the kitchen trying to cook you breakfast. Go to church and you can avoid doing the dishes. Unless you're on the Altar Guild.
6. Breakfast -- At least you'll be able to get a couple of donut holes at coffee hour. If your kids lovingly "made you breakfast," you can choke down a couple of bites before church then leave during the Peace to get at the baked goods in the parish hall before everybody else.
7. "Honor Thy (father and) Mother" -- It's a commandment. Hop to it!
I do hope you'll go to church on Mother's Day since it happens to, um, fall on a Sunday again this year. And I pray that your parish doesn't do anything weird/creepy to mark the occasion. The Eucharist shall suffice.
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