Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Mystic Mary

Karl Rahner said that the Christian of the future would be either a mystic or nothing at all.  Mary shows us how.  Luke says that after the shepherds' visit, "Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart."  At the end of the two chapters about the infancy of Jesus, Luke repeats, "His mother treasured all these things in her heart."
"Treasure" involves taking great care to keep something in your heart so as not to forget it or lose it.  "Ponder" involves knocking ideas and memories up against each other, like stones being polished, turning events over and over in our heads until we get some glimmer of meaning, until some sense emerges.
God can make us mystics in the New Year by teaching us how to contemplate with Mary.

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