Mary, Did You Know?
I never connected the Christmas classic “Mary did you know?” with the August feast of the Assumption. But with her Assumption, we can be certain. Mary now knows!
We know she kept so many things in her heart. But now they all make sense to her.
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new?
This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know that your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know that your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby, you have kissed the face of God
Mary, did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know
Did you know
- you would have to run for your life to Egypt to escape the infanticide of a murderous ruler
- your heart would be pierced,
- you would panic when you thought you had lost Jesus in the crowd,
- you would walk with Jesus to Calvary,
- you would watch your son’s execution,
- you would hold his lifeless body in your arms,
Mary, did you know, Mary did you know, Mary did you know?
Probably not! No matter… now you know… and understand!
Mary Precedes Us in All Our Questions
Viewed in the light of these questions the feast of the Assumption holds great hope for us. Who among us does not have things that we can not make sense of? Among the lessons of this feast is that all the things we can not understand now will one day be clear to us. She teaches us to trust that one day we will all understand the things that we can not understand and even rail against. Blessed is she who believed
Mary is the model of virtue and of faith. Today, in contemplating her Assumption into Heaven, the final fulfillment of her earthly journey, we thank her because she always precedes us in the pilgrimage of life and faith. She is the first Disciple. And we ask her to keep us and support us; that we may have a strong, joyful and merciful faith; that she may help us to be saints, to meet with her, one day, in Heaven. Pope Francis
Pondering so many things in our hearts
Pope Francis says it so well later the above message….
Dear brothers and sisters, to Mary Queen of Peace, whom we contemplate today in the glory of Heaven, I once again wish to entrust the anxieties and pain of the populations that in many parts of the world are suffering due to natural disasters, social tensions or conflicts. May our Heavenly Mother obtain consolation and a future of serenity and concord for all! We ask her to keep us and support us; so that we may have a strong, joyous and merciful faith,” he said. “May she help us to be holy, so that we might meet with her, one day, in Heaven.”
“Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your assistance, or sought your intercession, was left unaided.” Memorare