Friday, March 29, 2013

Mary, the mother

34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” (Luke 2)

Mary knew these words, she heard them shortly after the birth of her baby son. One wonders how ofter she thought of them as He grew. When He started His public ministry, did the thought of them bring fear? He was God's Son, He was God Himself and yet, He was her child. She carried Him in her womb, and while nestled there, He heard the songs she sang, the words she spoke and the constant beat of her heart.
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Michelangelo's Pieta

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19

Even as He hung there, dying, He thought of her. Can you imagine how she longed to hold Him during those hours? How she ached for Him? Even though she knew He was fulfilling the promise of God, this human mother of the Divine Son could have felt nothing else.

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