Today is Mother’s Day. President Woodrow Wilson made this a national holiday in 1914. Mother’s Day has its origins in Greek springtime pagan celebrations in honor of Rhea, the mother of the gods. It spread into Europe and with Christianity became a celebration in honor of “Mother Church,” who gives us new life through baptism and protects us from harm through the grace of the sacraments.
A few years ago Pope John Paul II placed into the Church’s liturgical calendar the observance of Divine Mercy Sunday on the Second Sunday of Easter. In so doing he confirmed devotion to Christ as the Divine Mercy, a devotion which flowed from visions of our Lord received by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun whom Pope John Paul II also canonized on April 30, 2000.
Today we celebrate the central mystery of our faith: the resurrection of the Lord from the dead. Today we are asked to believe and proclaim the unbelievable: that he who was dead has arisen and is alive. The gospel offers us no conclusive proof, only an empty tomb and burial cloths.