Lenten Reflections – Day 29

17 Mar

Luke 1: 46-48

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.”

I recently heard Mark Lowry in concert sing the simple yet powerful words, “Mary, did you know…This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.”

In the overwhelming experience of being visited by an angel, Mary didn’t know that. She only knew that she had been chosen by God for a special mission. She may never have fully understood the impact of God’s choice for her life.

But what Mary knew for certain was that this child’s conception and birth was miraculous. Mary knew that she had not been with a man. Throughout history the words “conceived by the Holy Spirit” have been words that mankind has accepted through faith. Mary knew them to be fact.

Years later, Mary may have had a better understanding of who her son was. As she watched him be beaten and abused and then watched in horror as he was nailed to the cross, her mother’s heart was broken. The natural maternal instinct would be to cry out in anguish that “No! You can’t do that to my son.”

But Mary was silent. She stood weeping at the foot of the cross. She understood that Jesus was fulfilling the purpose for which He came. Mary’s silence stands throughout the ages as recognition of the humanity and the divinity of the baby she once cradled in her arms.

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?


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