Easter Mamas-A A +A
By Luci Lizares
Saturday, May 10, 2014
WE ARE still in the season of Easter and tomorrow (Sunday) we celebrate Mother’s Day. Combining these two glorious occasions, what makes an Easter person and what makes a beloved mother?
Easter follows the Season of Lent when sacrifice, repentance, a giving of self and alms is required to truly share in the agony of Christ. But Easter and the Joy of the Resurrection is the Alleluia period where we rejoice because Our Redeemer Jesus has plucked us out of our eternal damnation and the hope of our own resurrection has been guaranteed.
Life has a tendency to be tough and rough. Just because Lent is over does not erase that the fact that life is now free from challenges struggles.
However, we can live as Easter people because no matter how grueling the obstacles are, the resistance, the cruelties of the realities at hand, we cling on to faith and hope that these too shall pass.
So how do we live as Alleluia people despite the crosses in our lives? In the NBCC Spiritual Article, they have these very inspiring and encouraging ways to emerge as Easter people despite the difficulties.
The circular says: Cling to people who love you. When times get tough, find joy in the people who have traveled with you in the Lenten season of your lives. If we surround ourselves with people who love us, the agony of the moment becomes a lighter burden because their love reassures and resurrects us.
When we have lost the love even for ourselves, Easter people remind us of who we truly are. They are the good people who tell us that we are precious, beautiful and unique because we are created in the image of God. They give us joy when there is none and they buoy our trust in the hope of redemption.
Stress has been identified as the true killer of our lives. But when there is pain, there is a gain. So let us dwell in the blessings that come from the stressors and celebrate instead the lessons learned. Wallowing or imprisoning ourselves in our tombs of distress makes us losers in our journey through life.
Alleluia People convert their personal happiness into joy for others. They share their joy outwardly and in the process lift those who are in need of it. Alleluia People are the good people who have an extraordinary capacity for compassion. They are a joy to be with because their peace is infectious.
Easter people are the backbone of their home, their community and their church. Since they have discovered what the Christian faith is about, they evangelize from the very examples of their lives.
As we celebrate Mother’s Day tomorrow, what is a Mother?
This poem, by Nesma Elsayed, is dedicated to her mother and it goes for most mothers I know especially mine. A Mother loves; A Mother cares; A Mother helps; A Mother Worries; A Mother that’s with you through it all; A Mother that raised you to be who and what you are; A Mother that encourages you and works hard for you; A Mother that sacrifices and that is here only for you; and has lived all these years for you; A Mother that is surviving only for you; A Mother that is everywhere; A Mother is warm and kindhearted; A Mother is a super woman and a Mother or mothers! I can say that of my Mother and perhaps even more!
For this Easter season’s Mother’s Day, I have many friends who are Easter Mamas. They are all that mothers are and they are Easter people as well!
I would like to single out a few in my long list of Easter Mamas.
There’s Sally Ledesma, who brings her love and her joy wherever she is. She is quite cool and has this aura of peace about her. She doesn’t seem perturb even in challenging situations. When we were in the Phnom Penh airport, she discovered that her passport was missing. For most, that would have been panic time. But not Sally, she remained calm and true enough her passport did surface. Sally evangelizes with her simple ways and Helping is her middle name. While always game for a good laugh, Sally’s demeanor is always sweet, and you can spot a lady in Sally. Like a girl scout always ready to serve and support, Sally is an asset to their home and spiritual communities and despite her grown children, she remains the devoted Mom.
Another Easter Mama is Virgie Lopue. Virgie is a bundle of laughs. Her voice precedes her. But it is a warm, jolly voice that seems to magnetize people into loving her, too. Despite Virgie’s infectious spirit of fun, she is totally committed to her spiritual apostolate. Virgie never fails to humbly ask help from her fellow prayer warriors when tasked with shepherding or in moments when we need God to be in control or to intercede. A doting, loving Mom, she is her children’s number 1 cheer leader.
Easter Mamas are what the world needs. I am blest to have many and thank God for them! Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and may the tribe of Easter Mamas grow more and multiply!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on May 10, 2014.