January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014: Rudder


Mark 3:1-6

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Week 2: What was Jesus' childhood like?
WITH: What was Mary like as a mother?

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“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
Luke 2:19

“He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Luke 1:32-33 

“Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted.”
Luke 2:34

“And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
Luke 2:35


The Psalms would have offered great solace to Mary as she “kept all these things, reflecting on them in their heart.” Read Psalm 139:1-16. Read it a few times. Pay attention to what word or phrases “tugs” at your heart. Pay attention to all of your thoughts, feelings, and desires as you slowly read the text.

Now, prayerfully imagine the “hidden scenes” of Nazareth: late in the evening, under the blanket of night, Mary moves beside Jesus’ bed. She looks at Jesus as he sleeps in peace. There in the silence, as she beholds her son, she recalls all that was said to her. And you are there, with her. You look at her. You look at Jesus sleeping. You look again to Mary. She turns to you. She asks you, “What’s on your heart today?” What do you want to tell her? Listen to what she says in reply.

TODAY'S PRAYER:  “Jesus, I desire to know you in a deeply personal way. Help me to grow in my relationship with you by growing in relationship with your Mother.” 

© Fr. Mark Toups, 2014