Have you ever taken a moment to consider the momentous thoughts of Mary? I have, and I do, whenever I read Luke 2: “Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
When Mary pondered the magnitude of the angelic message, and the adoring words of the shepherds, did she fully comprehend the magnificent meaning of that first Christmas?
When she gazed into the eyes of her innocent son, could she mentally grasp what she would emotionally gasp 30 years later when he took on the sin of the world?
How could she know that the son nurtured in her womb would have such a significant future and manifest awesome and miraculous power over creation? Did Mary have an aha moment when Jesus changed the water into wine at the marriage supper at Cana?
Was she pleasingly puzzled when her son had a leg up on the religious charlatans of the day and healed the legs of a crippled man?
When Mary saw a crowd of hungry faces suddenly satisfied by a sack lunch that was multiplied 5,000 times, did she realize that her son could also satisfy the spiritual hunger of the world?
When her son of a carpenter was dying an excruciating death on a wooden cross, did her anguish confound her comprehension of God’s ultimate plan?
How fast did her heart beat when she heard that her three-days-dead son had removed his grave clothes, rolled away a massive stone, run off a squad of soldiers, and then became the resurrection and life to all who would believe?
There are some things that I ponder in my heart:
• How could Jesus understand everything, but be misunderstood by most everyone?
• Who was his best childhood friend? Could it have been a boy named Barabbas or Judas?
• What did he and his cousin John (later called the Baptist) talk about?
• Did his brothers and sisters see him as unique or annoyingly odd?
I wonder, Mary Did You Know?