There is a well known holiday song that discusses the idea that maybe we should wonder if Mary knew how Jesus would suffer and how we would inherit his kingdom. I would not go so far to say that the message of this song is heresy, but it approaches it in my mind. The truth is that Mary was completely human, and she was not a prophetess, she was a Mother. Specifically, she is the Mother of God and by divine adoption, our Mother. Even though she is the Mother of God and the only ever-virgin Mother of anyone in the history of man, she would not know, in advance, the events that would play out in her own or Jesus’ life. God created us and therefore knows that we naturally would do anything to avoid suffering and pain, especially for our children, if at all possible. So, if Mary would have know the exact nature of Jesus’ suffering, you can imagine how incessant would be her begging him to avoid it at all costs. As it was, she knew he would suffer and also that she would share in his suffering and only asked that his suffering be transferred to her, as any mother would do, I’m sure. For our sake, Jesus bore the full force of suffering before and during his crucifixion, and Mary was allowed to share it with him. We, with the Virgin Mary as a guide, can also share his suffering with him for the redemption of souls. As we await our Christmas celebration, we need only look at the Annunciation where the Angel revealed how Jesus was to be born in her virgin womb, and Joseph was asked to accept her into their marital home to see the beginnings of the suffering the incarnation would initiate in reparation for the sins of the world.
My prayer for today:
Even though you did not know Mary, I am thankful for the gift you made of your life and the example of Motherhood and human love that you showed to the world…Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death…Amen!