Jesus understands human nature.
As the creator, Jesus hardwired a mother’s brain instinctual care for her children. As MRI’s indicate and Isaiah states, “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? ” (cf.”Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?” cf. Isaiah 45), mom’s love their babies regardless of how old they are.
Luke underlines this when he says, “While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.” (Luke 11:27-28)
Jesus’ mother is not excluded from the requirements of discipleship.
Check out these six verses:
- In response to the angel’s announcement of the Messiah, Mary answered. “I am the Lord’s servant, may your word to me be fulfilled.” (cf. Luke 1:38)
- Elizabeth saw Mary as a great disciple: “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (cf. Luke 1:45)
- Mary calls her baby Jesus, obeying Gabriel’s directive. (cf. Luke 2:21)
- As Jesus begins His ministry at Cana, she states, “Do whatever He tells you.” (cf. John 2:5)
- When most of the apostles flee, Mary remains faithful to the end (cf. John 19:25)
- The Church begins with Mary as a disciple (cf. Acts 1:14)
Motherhood is a great calling but it doesn’t necessarily make you a great disciple. According to Jesus, motherly instinct and Christian discipleship, are not the same.
However, because of Mary, mom’s can make the very best of all disciples.