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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, 2013

REFLECTING ON HER BELIEF

Throughout all of the early chapters of Luke, which are the most detailed account we have of the early days of Mary, Joseph and Jesus, Mary is described over and over again as the one who ponders; keeps things in her heart; she is reflective, pensive, and silent.

Like all Jews, Mary believed that the Messiah would come and redeem her people.  Her conceptions of the Messiah would have been no different than any other Jew, but something was not right.

This is no birth for a king.  Nothing about this situation would have been congruent with her Jewish ideas.  Her knowledge was not in line with her belief.

Mary taught Jesus what she knows – just as any mother would; but Jesus would have taught Mary to ponder more about what she believes, rather than what she knows.

CLICK HERE  for the readings for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God: (Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21)

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