The Life of Mary (12): Caught in the Middle

Life sometimes puts us in the middle of people and situations where we need to discern what is best. In God’s beautiful economy, I’m amazed at how often I am shown the way.

Magi pointing to Jesus by Jill K H Geoffrion

My Prayer:

God, when I faced with difficult choices, thank You for wisdom and help.

Herod consults with the Magi by Jill K H Geoffrion

Scriptural Touchstones:The star the Maji were following by Jill K H GeoffrionThen Herod sent the Magi to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising…Matthew 2:8-9a (NRSV)

Invitation To Pray:

One of the Magi following the star by Jill K H Geoffrion

What is pulling you in two different directions? If you take a deep breath and pray, “Help!” as you exhale, what other prayers emerge in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.


Two of the Magi following the star by Jill K H Geoffrion

Two of the Magi caught between Herod and Jesus in the Life of the Virgin Window (1217-1220) in the south choir ambulatory at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This scene is in the center of the seventh row from the bottom/third row from the top.

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
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
The Nativity: Animal Companions
Life of Mary (9): Announcement to the Shepherds
Life of Mary (10): The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
Life of Mary (11): Fear

Jill K H Geoffrion

Serving as a contemplative Christian minister and artist by compassionately and creatively inspiring others to seek a deeper relationship with God and a more meaningful life of service.


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