The Life of Mary (4): The Word

It is unlikely that Mary went to school, but this image of her reading highlights words–reminding viewers of the Word she later carried within. Looking at Mary, I remember how Scripture study often helps prepare me for the future.

Mary in Classroom, The Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geofrion
Mary at school in the Temple

My Prayer:

Eternal Word, may my reading, pondering, and reflecting all help me to understand and know You better.

Scriptural Touchstones:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. John 1:1-4 (NRSV)

Invitation To Pray:

Mary in Classroom, The Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geofrion

While looking at this image slowly say out loud, “In the beginning was the Word”at least five times. What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.


Classroom scene from the Temple with Mary studying an open book in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir aisle at the Chartres Cathedral in France. It is the central pane in the fourth row from the bottom.

Life of Mary Window by Jill K H Geoffrion

Other Posts in This Series:
Life of Mary (1): Mary’s Birth
Life of Mary (2) Mary’s First Bath
Life of Mary (3): Willing


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