“Mary remembered all these things and thought deeply about them”.
Lk 2:19 GNB
When Luke came to write his gospel he was something of an outsider. He was not one of the apostles. He had not been one of the disciples who accompanied Jesus through Galilee and Jerusalem. He came on the scene later during Paul’s missionary Journeys and went to Jerusalem whilst Paul was there awaiting trial. He was a learned man, being a doctor and spent a lot of time researching the stories about Jesus that were floating around in Jerusalem decades after the events. He probably “picked Mary’s brain” for the details about Christ’s birth since she was the only one who would have witnessed some of them. Who else would have known – forty odd years afterwards – that “there was no room for them in the inn”?
She had treasured up the memories of those days. She had known that God was using her – for one of the most profound roles in history. Like the shepherds she was just a poor working girl – was she even working? We are comforted to know that she thought deeply about these things – if she hadn’t would we ever have heard and read about them?
Most of us more or less whiz our way through life – busy about many things. Thinking deeply is something we leave to the scholars. In knowing God, following Christ, becoming a disciple and serving him, we are more likely to be men and women of action rather than thought. But there is a place in the Christian life for deep thought. We need to keep reflecting on who Jesus is for us today. We do well to ask where God is in today’s world. And what is the mission of the church?
Lord, help me to reflect deeply on the big things of life.
PRAYER OF INTERCESSION
Lord, I pray that your church will become more keenly aware of its mission to all humanity. Make those people who are ambassadors for Jesus in places where Christian believers are scarce to be strong, confident and filled with the Holy Spirit. I ask it in Jesus’ name. AMEN