Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Jesus, Mary and Joseph.


Not much is known about Jesus’ childhood. The Bible records the story of His birth in Bethlehem and the early days of His life but not much more.

We are left to wonder what He was like as a baby. Crawling on the ground and then taking His first hesitant steps. I wonder what His first words were when He spoke.

One thing for sure though. He was much loved by His earthly parents, who devoted themselves to His up-bringing, until He was ready to start His work on earth as His Father willed.

Like most parents, they must have wished many good things for Him as He grew up, even though they knew who He really was and what His mission in this world was to be.

Mary, however, carried an additional burden in her heart. She knew from those early days what was to happen. Simeon in the temple had told her: “… sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart”. Luke 2:35. Joseph was there to witness it all.

Can you imagine what they went through as parents? Knowing of the torture and Crucifixion which Christ would suffer.

And Mary, endured that pain even more as she followed her Son on the way to Calvary.

Yet … despite all that. Despite knowing well ahead what was to happen, despite witnessing the Crucifixion for herself, one thing must have sustained Mary and encouraged her throughout her ordeal: the sure knowledge that Jesus was/is the Son of God and that He will rise again from the dead.

That thought alone should help us when we too go through difficult times. No matter how difficult our situation we should hold on to the fact that our Lord, the one we profess to love and follow, is the Son of God. By His death and Resurrection He has conquered evil once and for all.

And no matter what our situation may be, we can assuredly turn to Mary, and seek her help in bearing the difficulties we go through.

10 comments:

  1. Very encouraging post, Victor.
    Thanks and God bless!

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  2. Thank you for your comment on EveryDay Catholic Woman - I lost it! Just so you dont think I didnt publish it! lol Don't know how I managed that. :)

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  3. Beautiful Victor, just beautiful!

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  4. This is a wonderful post. Most encouraging and uplifting! Thank you! Cathy

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  5. Hello Karinann, JoannaB, Daily Grace and Cathy,

    Thank you for writing in and for your encouraging comments. It is really encouraging to know that we can turn to Our Lady to pray for us in the sure knowledge she will listen.

    God bless.

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  6. Thank you Sarah and Joey for your visits. It's great to see you here again.

    God bless.

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  7. I have often thought of our Holy Mother and the pain she must of felt at the foot of the cross. It is so good to know she was comforted by her knowledge he was going home to the Father......:-) Hugs

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  8. Hello Bernie,

    You're so right ... Thanx for your visits here Bernie and your comments. They're very much appreciated.

    God bless.

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