I. Reflection - Who is Mary?

I. Reflection - Who is Mary?

 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. (Luke 1, 26)


Mary is a young woman, who was born and brought up in and among the people of Israel, during the time of occupation by Romans. She is truly a daughter of her nation, a nation that is chosen by God, as it is shown in the history and passed on by prophets in the Holy Bible. It is a nation that through the years experienced powerful protection of God, if it was faithful to the covenant. It is a nation to which God has given a promise to make it free from any bondage.

God did not intervene by some special, nearly magical, way. He was choosing special people through whom He was freeing the people of Israel. Every one of them knew that the strength, special gifts and amazing deeds were not coming from them but from God, believing deeply that God is the author of everything good that happened to them. Jewish families cultivated this kind of faith in the powerful hand of God, His protection and His blessing.

Mary grew up in this tradition and certainly, she was a religious woman. Though she was not allowed to read the Bible, she often (every Sabbath) listened to the Word of God being read in the synagogue. Just keep that in mind: she listened. Not having the text in front of our eyes, we concentrate on listening. Our mind works on quite different level. Being concentrated on listening we try to remember every word. Our imagination becomes really vivid.


This is a really good preparation for a prayer. When actively listening to someone, not being destructed by the written word (just like in the time of reading) we concentrate on the spoken word, on the tune of voice, on the sound that we hear. Our thoughts then, our very personal thoughts in a way go away. We stop talking to, conversing with ourselves. That’s the best time for God to influence us with His thoughts that we call inspirations.




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