Today, we look into the manger scene and see that the shepherds arrived and found Mary and Joseph, holding their newborn. Soon, the shepherds were telling everyone what they saw and all were amazed. Mary listened to what was said and held every word close to her heart, just as she did when Gabriel first came to her, throughout her pregnancy and for the rest of her life.
As I have grown closer to our Blessed Mother, the word, “ponder” is used often in what I read and hear about Mary. It’s an interestingly sounding word. The definition of ponder is to consider something deeply and thoroughly. To weigh carefully in the mind, meditate. Mary must have had a lot to ponder throughout her life. I feel that Mary’s whole life was a life of pondering. How could she NOT think about what people thought about her pregnancy? How could she NOT think about how her son was going to bring us salvation by dying on the cross? You just can’t block those things from your mind. At least, I wouldn’t be able to. But, what I am able to do is to continue to trust that my ‘yes’, like Mary’s, will be blessed with everything I need to accomplish God’s will. Every time I thank Mary for saying yes, I follow it by asking for grace and courage to say yes to whatever I am being asked to do.
As we begin 2016, many people make many varieties of resolutions. I invite you to ponder, like Mary, what God has planned for you this year. I invite you to pray and ask God to help you see what he wants you to do for him. Give him thanks for what he blessed you with in 2015 and be hopeful to a year of abundant blessings.
The Lord said to Moses: “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them:
This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them:
The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you!
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.”
So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
This is part of the nativity scene that my mom painted for our family.