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THE GREATEST LOVE
Who can deny that at least one person loved Judas Iscariot?
That arch traitor, whom all men today hold in execration, has
at the least one friend who never execrated him, one who never J
utterly forsook him, who never spoke ill of him or even thought ill
of him, who loved him tenderly and whole-heartedly always,
This one person was the mother of Iscariot.
And so,it may well be. said truly of Nero, of Caligula, of the
Huke of Alva, of Phillip II, of Jack the Ripper even that, -each of
these monsters whose names are now anathema among men, had t
least one friend whose love followed him even in the face of the j
hatred of all the rest of the world.
For the most vicious and inhuman pervert who ever wore
human, guise was born of woman and suckled at woman's breast
was bought at the trice of oans such asnoman can know and
f nursed with a proud joy such as only a mother can feel. Be sure
mat neiiner iscariot nor tanguia ever armea so iar irom tne neart j
of the world as to get beyond the reach of his mother's love. , -
This mother love, transcending in its steadfastness all other '
finite love, is well worthy of more consideration and reverence than
we are wont to accord it. We are wont to take this great love as a ?
matter of course, like sunrise or the quenching rain, as something
too common and matter-of-fact to be worthy of note or celebratibn.
It is worthy of greater honor than we have given it thus far.
It's time we were thinking of the wonder of this love. It's the i
nearest approach to the divine that is vouchsafed us in this -world
it's time we were waking to its profound significance. For it is in-
deed profoundly significant 3
For trulyhis is. the love that keeps the world in order. There
is a kind of love that-is supposed to "make the world gO'around." j
That saying is true, in a sense, for that love isv a sort-of centrifugal
force. t is the mother love that supplies the force to balance the
pther and-Jceep1 this, whirling world from flying to flinders.
TqirtorroW is "Mother'sf Day." It has been set apart as a day
sacred to the celebration of this great love.
You might do worse than tr devote a little of that day to .think
ing about this lQve and. its bearing upon yourself.
At the least you might send your own mother a postcard, or
give her an extra lciss.
You could hardly do less than that It might not hurt you to,
do a great deal more. - '
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