Love the Parent, Love the Child

1 John 5:1-6

"Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child."

Whether we like it or not, each one of us is deeply imprinted by our parents. In addition to a biological link, they also offer our earliest lessons about the world, about life, and how to navigate through them both. We are stamped with the ideas, practices, habits, and beliefs of parents from a young age. 

And while many of these are good and healthy, all too many of us have also inherited the pain of fractured and difficult relationships. We are imprinted with the pain of family griefs and feuds. 

The good news of the Gospel, proclaimed here by John, is that regardless of how we have been imprinted by our families, we are imprinted in a purely loving and positive way by a God who looks after us like the best kind of parent. The love of God is bestowed upon God's children; the love of Christ stamps believers as loving and caring people. 

As we celebrate the wonderful ways that our mothers have shown us love in our lives, let us also rejoice in the imprint of love from God, our loving parent.