From Kendall Harmon’s TitusOneNine blog:
A Communion sermon by new Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said Christians are children of “our mother Jesus.” Some objected to such gender-bending, but she drew upon metaphors from the 14th-century mystic Julian of Norwich. Underlying that, Jesus compared himself to a compassionate mother hen (Luke 13:34).
Here’s an example of what’s at stake not only in the Episcopal church, but in the church at large. We can and should recognize the genderlessness of God. He is neither male nor female in His essence. HOWEVER, he has revealed himself, by choice, first as Father and then in the human being Jesus of Nazareth.
Though the Scriptures apply mother-imagery to God along with father-imagery, IMO we sail into stormy waters when we begin to speak of ‘our mother Jesus’. Jesus used the mother hen simile (remember, comparison using like or as), but he did not say he was Jerusalem’s mother.
This is an example, I think, of doing violence to Scripture. And if things continue as they are going (including purging the liturgy of “anti-Semitism”), then we’ll move from stormy waters to the eye of a hurricane.