Mary Ponders Her Complexities.
Luke 2:19. “But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.”
Here we find Mary just after Jesus is born, after the visit of the shepherds. A contrast is made between Mary’s response and that of the people who were hearing the eye witness account of the Child from the shepherds: They were wondering while she was pondering. and treasuring all these things in her heart.
Twelve years later, after Jesus was “lost and found” in the temple, and the family returns to settle in Nazareth, Mary is again [Luke 2:51] treasuring all these events in her heart.
She is confronted by a Son wise beyond His years, Who does not seem to understand why she and Joseph would not realize that He had better things to do than follow the crowd. He was, after all, about His Father’s business.
She exemplifies the willingness to not only live with the complexities of things difficult to comprehend, but holds them near and dear within her heart. There is something incomprehensible going on here. What it may be remains a mystery.
Today so often we feel a need to figure out everything. It must be quantified, subjected to statistics, measured by the yardstick of what’s “normal”. It has to make sense to the intellect and the five senses, or it must be rejected as nonsense.
This is not how Jesus’ mother greeted the Mystery that was her Son and the events that would unfold for over three decades in her life. No, she simply trusts and takes it with her into an interior treasure chest.
She does not ask for the opinions of friends. She does not turn on the TV to see what Oprah thinks. She doesn’t seek the priests, scribes, elders, or other “experts” for advice. She doesn’t take it up with the women in her village. No. Instead she ponders and treasures all of it in her heart.
This inner space can be a valuable asset when the going gets rough. Things surface and come to mind then when they are needed. She must have experienced that at the foot of the Cross… at the empty tomb… on the day of Pentecost…
Sometimes it’s good to simply let it be.
Wasn’t that the essence of a song from awhile back – that “when I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be…”?
Certainly she may do so in order to to encourage us here, especially in these days of celebrating how our Lord and Savior is mysteriously and miraculously presented to us through her motherhood.
Certainly this Mystery is worth pondering and treasuring, quietly in our hearts.