Our lives are full of moments that are influenced by things we don’t experience ourselves. Mary wasn’t present with shepherds when the angels appeared, but she thought carefully with her mind and heart about what had happened. Like Mary, pondering leads me to the deep places I long to understand more fully.
For ears to listen well to the stories of faith that others share, and a heart that is able to accept them, I pray.
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. Luke 2:8-20 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
What stories of faith have you recently heard? What do they make you want to ponder? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
An angel appearing to two shepherds and their animals (the dogs are very attentive) in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir aisle at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene is in the middle of the sixth row from the bottom.
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
Life of Mary (4): The Word
Life of Mary (5): Surprise!
Life of Mary (6): Wedding
Life of Mary (7): Yes
Life of Mary (8): Friendship
Life of Mary (9) Nativity (Animal Companions)