Advent 2018

Day 20. Mary ponders

Advent 2018 - Day 20. Mary ponders
Thursday 20th December 2018

Luke 2:16-20

16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

For the shepherds the experience they had that night was something that had to be shared, and with haste. They became the first evangelists, heralding the good news, and they couldn’t wait to tell their families and friends about all they had seen and heard. That was their response, and it should be ours too. For Mary there follows a time of reflection. She gathers up in her mind all her impressions, and all that the shepherds had shared about the angelic visit, like treasure not to be lost. Then she quietly ponders in her heart the meaning and significant of all that had happened so she would not forget. Exuberant witness and quiet contemplation are not opposites. They are in fact good companions in the spiritual life.

Thank you, LORD Jesus, that you are still found and known through the active response of searching for you. May I be willing to share the discovery I’ve made with others at this time. But I also want to find you and know you better in my inner life too. Please give me that balance of active following and heart-pondering reflection, especially in this Advent season.


James. Now to live the life
The book we’re learning from this autumn term is James. Written by James, Jesus’ half-brother, it’s a small letter found in very last pages of the Bible