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Matthew H. Clark Matthew H. Clark

Reflect on life’s relationships

My newest grandnephew, Kevin James Grignon, first saw the light of day on Oct. 29, 2003. As you read this, he is experiencing the early days of his seventh month of life. Naturally, he is the apple of his mother’s and father’s eyes. My niece, Kathleen, and her husband, Mark, clearly delight in the gift of their son, and rejoice in him. There is no doubt whatsoever that he is loved.

As is typical of those who are truly grateful, Kathleen and Mark are happy to share the gift of their son and the joy that he brings to them. Those of you who have followed Kathleen’s adventures over the years will understand that she lets us in on her son’s life and times in imaginative and humorous ways. For example, in recent weeks, I have downloaded some wonderful digital photos of this beautiful young man.

In one set captioned “The Last Emperor,” he reclines on his side, turbaned and clad in a blue silk gown that his Uncle Doug brought home from Japan. In another group entitled “Cruising for Chicks,” he sits at the wheel of a NASCAR vehicle dressed in the colorful garb sported by professional drivers. In a third his cherubic little face is superimposed on the body of a major-league pitcher in the middle of his delivery of a fastball.

Such pleasant musings come to mind not only because it is Mother’s Day but also because it is the Easter season. The developing relationship between Kathleen and Kevin puts me in touch with the newness of life that we are all called to contemplate during this holy time.

I have no doubt that Kathleen will always love Kevin, but I know that she and Kevin, as he grows, will understand and express their love for one another in different ways as the years go by. He’ll go off to kindergarten. He’ll pass through puberty and adolescence. He’ll be off to college ‚Ķ to a career ‚Ķ to marriage. He’ll move on to ‚Ķ who knows what? His mother’s love will follow him through it all, and I am sure that love will be reciprocated.

As I greet you on Mother’s Day, I express the hope that you’ll have an opportunity to pray and think about your relationship with your mother whether she is living or deceased. To remember and reflect in such fashion is a wonderful way to deepen our awareness of how important loving relationships are to us all. They are a rich source of our growth, and our ability to share our life experience with others.

When we go back to the beginning of such relationships and track them gently through the years, good things can happen. We can come upon insights about their goodness to us that we did not have at an earlier time. Or we can come to a deeper awareness than ever about the good things they did for us. It’s true that such prayerful recollection can be healing. We all know that even the deepest relationships can be touched by misunderstanding, hurt and alienation.

So, if you do pray and remember in this way, I encourage you to let the light of Christ shine on whatever emerges in your spirit. If you experience joy, his presence will deepen it. If you come to sadness, his gift will ease it. If you come to pain, his compassion will heal it.

Whenever we take our relationships to Christ and let his light shine upon them, we are celebrating Easter life and all of the new possibilities that precious gift opens up for all of us.

Happy Mother’s Day.

Happy Easter.

Peace to all.

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