What “things” did Mary keep and reflect on in her heart? Mary reflected on everything—Gabriel’s announcement, Jesus’ conception, her visit to Elizabeth, Joseph’s initial anguish, his incredible trust and love, their arduous trek to Bethlehem, the birth in a stable, the visit of some strange shepherds—not merely the pretty and obviously good things, but also the mysterious and painful things. For she knew, nothing was beyond the scope of God’s love.
In this new year, let us renew ourselves in remembering and pondering the things that comprise our daily lives—whether pretty, painful, obviously good or steeped in mystery.
May we renew our faith and trust in God, knowing that nothing can happen to us this coming year that is beyond the reach of God’s saving love.
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