Isaiah 40: 11 (NRSV Catholic Edition) says: " He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and gently lead the mother sheep."
This verse from today's first reading brings to my mind how a mother holds her baby in her arms to nurse. Even after the child has weaned, the mother still gathers her little lamb or lambs into her arms for snuggling, kissing boo-boos, and reading a book.
God is also there to gently mother us. On some days I feel like I need more mothering than my children do. We, as mothers, strive to be gentle with our children but we also need to be gentle with ourselves on those tough days. Give all your burdens to Jesus and He will give you rest. He will carry you in His bosom - just talk to Him about whatever is bothering you. He loves to "gently lead the mother sheep."