Mary Did You Know?

Reflection for the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God by FAN Director of Communications, Janine Walsh

This reflection was originally posted in our December 26th newsletter


mary-jesus-frescoThis week we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. After giving birth to each of my three daughters, I became conscious of Mary as a mother in a much deeper way. With each new life handed to me, I recall praying to Mary, asking for her intercession and guidance in raising this new soul with the faith I was given.

When I hear her story today I am in humble awe of her unfailing faith in God. She must have had such a quiet, yet powerful strength about her. Knowing all she did about her Son, even before His conception and still saying yes to the angel must have taken every ounce of bravery in her. In this week’s readings, shortly after giving birth, she receives shepherds from nearby who “made known the message that had been told them about this child.” She solemnly keeps these things inside, “reflecting on them in her heart.” Would I have been so calm?

As we enter into the Christmas season, I invite you to reflect on your own mothers. Mothers are not perfect, not without sin like Mary was, but I believe we try our best. It’s an awesome gift to receive each Christmas, the ability to call on the Holy Family when we are in need. It is a great comfort to me to know that Mary and Joseph have been through what we go through and so much more.

I leave you with the lyrics of one of my favorite Christmas carols, “Mary, Did You Know?” by Mark Lowry.

May the Christmas season bring each one of you joy, peace and hope.
Peace and all good~
Janine

Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.

Mary did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God.

The blind will see, the deaf will hear and the dead will live again
The lame will leap, the dumb will speak, the praises of the lamb

Mary did you know that your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary did you know that your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know that your baby boy is heaven’s perfect Lamb?
This sleeping child you’re holding is the great I AM!

Janine Walsh
FAN Director of Communications

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