December 31, 2016

Mary, Mother of God (January 1, 2017)

Luke 2: 16 – 21

Mary Reflects on Them in Her Heart

“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

We wonder what she might have reflected on. 

She probably reflected on the events that happened in her personal life.  These were singular events because she alone became the Mother of the Messiah (the appearance and the message from angel, her visit to her cousin Elizabeth, and the words Elizabeth said to her, the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, giving birth to her son in a manger, the visit of the shepherds, the message they heard from the angel…).  She probably pondered what it meant for her to be the mother of the One “who will save his people from their sins,” her own plans for her life, her relationship with Joseph, their future, …. 

She might have also reflected on the events that affected the life of her people at that moment – when they were under Roman rule, that the Roman Emperor at the time had declared himself to be the “savior of the world,” the census that she, Joseph, and their nation were subjected to….  How will her Son be the savior of this kind of a world?

How about the whole history of God’s chosen people – her nation? God’s promise to them through their ancestors and the words of the prophets….  All of these is now being fulfilled in her life.  She must have reflected on that too.

In this passage, we also heard about the shepherds and those who hear the shepherds’ testimony.  Unlike Mary, there is no indication that these people reflect on the events they have witnessed.

“Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”

Therefore, it is no surprise that She will be present throughout Jesus’ life, all the way to the cross.

She truly is the bearer of God’s Word. 

Image:  Icon 13th-century Great Panagia from Yaroslavl.

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