Gospel Reflection for January 1, Mary Mother of God

Mary pondered all these words in her heart.  Luke 2.19

For insight into Mary, the Mother of God on her feast day, Sunday’s gospel offers only the fact she has given birth and the single sentence above.  That sentence turns on the single word pondered.  This word suggests her character in the narrative.  Mary ponders all she has heard from the shepherds and surely how she wound up in a stable giving birth.  For Mary to ponder is to interpret the events that her life is throwing at her.  Her faith is seeking understanding.  She is a model for all of us believers.

What do you imagine Mary pondering at 15 when Jesus born?  At 45 when Jesus starts his ministry?

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