Almighty Mother Hen

On Sunday we will have to discuss the fatherhood of God, because of the gospel passage that we will read.

But today we hear our Lord Jesus compare Himself to a mother hen. He longs to gather His people into His nest and warm us under His wings.

When God became man, He became a man, born of a woman. He had, after all, made the two sexes distinct in the beginning. Sewing confusion between man and woman never made up part of His mission.

But, by the same token, Christ has revealed that what is most beautiful in both man and woman reflects the infinite beauty of God.

The Lord Jesus presented God as the loving father who forgave his prodigal son. Such a kind father reflects the Almighty Father.

But the Almighty Father has even more to Him. He also shines forth in a woman’s love. Jesus declared that all generations would remember Mary Magdalen for tenderly anointing His body before His bitter Passion.

God made both man and woman to show us a glimpse of His glory. How could we close our eyes to the goodness of either sex?

Just because we don’t understand certain things about each other, doesn’t mean they aren’t good. We don’t understand everything about God, either.

One thought on “Almighty Mother Hen

  1. Father Mark,

    Chicken Little, Baba Yaga’s hut, and [Harland David] Colonel Sanders [I met him at the Horatio Alger Awards in New York City, in 1967; he was a consumate salesman; and he’d won the award in 1965] come to mind too: why not an eagle’s wings? Full of the power to protect and empower, to lift us up out of this mess: as in Isaiah 40:31? But, no, he chooses the lowly hen, not even a fighting cock or rooster: why?

    Maybe the answer lies in Isaiah 42:3: the same God that can create the World in six days, and vanquish nations with a glance, will not break a bruised reed. Maybe, powerful but gentle is what we really need.

    There might be hope for us yet.



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