Still awash in the light of the Christmas star, the Church takes time to honor Mary, Mother of God. As I gaze upon the sweet manger scene of Mother and Child with Joseph standing by, I can’t help but recall a song that we frequently sing at the Monastery, In Joy Did Mary Know. In looking at the words to the song, I recognize that it is not so much asking a question; rather, it is stating truths. But that song always gets me thinking . . . . Did Mary know?
I wonder what Mary knew when she held Baby Jesus in her arms. Did Mary know all that her “yes” would entail? Did Mary know what was meant when Simeon foretold that her heart would be pierced by a sword? Did Mary know that the Baby in her arms would grow up to preach and teach and heal the sick? Did Mary know that the dark day on Golgotha hill would bring about salvation for all? Did Mary know? Did Mary know?
Whatever Mary knew, whenever Mary knew it, we can trust in faith that Mary would not have wanted to change a thing, as all that came to pass was God’s Will. She is a beautiful example of trust and abandonment to the Will of God. She is a powerful tower of strength and inspiration. Like Mary, we need to trust in God’s providential love and even when we don’t see and understand.
In faith we call out to Mary, our Mother, asking her to aid us in our faith and trust in God.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009 and on July 11, 2012, she made her Perpetual Profession. Her first ministry was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is the Mission Integration Manager of the Benedictine Health System. See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.