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Saint Phoebe the deacon

Here is a wonderful Saint to spotlight for Mother’s Day. We encounter Phoebe as we read through the book of Romans, her life as a mother to the church and a deacon of the church translates through the centuries to our own day and time.

Paul refers to Phoebe as a deacon of the church in Romans chapter 16:

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church in Cenchreae. I ask you to receive her in the Lord in a way worthy of his people and to give her any help she may need from you, for she has been the benefactor of many people, including me.

-Romans 16 1-2

The word at the end of verse 2, “benefactor” specifically lends meaning towards being a guardian and a protector of others. Clearly, Phoebe exemplified caring, helping, and protecting others as a follower of Christ, all things to aspire to. A calling to ministry in the diaconate is not necessary to be a mother, but those who care, help and protect others are often called mothers, or “mom” even when those cared for aren’t their own children.

I have been a part of the church a long time, and there have been many good women, mothers of the church, who have mirrored the qualities of Saint Phoebe the deacon. The church is better for it. Celebrate these ladies today!

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