Posted by: marynodded | October 28, 2008

Mary Vs. Atheism

The sorrows she had felt must had enticed her to surrender her faith to God, but Mary knew what she had said, and she had kept it in her heart since. Can vexation sum up to the price of those words?

The sorrows she had felt must had enticed her to surrender her faith to God, but Mary knew what she had said, and she had kept it in her heart since. Can vexation sum up to the price of those words?

Did Mary encountered Atheism in her life, too? Scripture is vague about that, and will ever be if the mother of Jesus is concerned. But there are hints in the scriptures that Mary did faced tumultuous chapters in her lives which can vary from slight doubts, distresses and grave temptations to give-up. One of them is the drama of Calvary.

Mary was there. Scripture cited her being there with her kins and the apostle John (c.f. John 19:25-27) . If Mary was there all along, witnessing the sufferings of her Son, then maybe she, who has that godly attitude of humble discretion and keeping significant events in her heart, must have recalled what Simeon the Just had said to her at the time when Jesus has been presented to the Lord.

“… and a sword will pierce even your own soul…”(Luke 2:35a)

Mary must have kept this prophecy from that time on, and everything significant, from the annunciation of the angel to Jesus’ ministry, Mary had kept all in her heart, pondering it until all became clear to her.

At the Calvary, Mary must have observed the irony of man, the insincerity and untruthfulness of men who applauded Jesus’ entry to Jerusalem days ago. Mary, in his feminine tendencies, felt herself weak before the crowd, who shouted “Crucify him! Crucify him!”. Mary must have felt that painful feeling in witnessing someone whom she knows so much, condemned before many and will be lost from her soon . Mary must have felt, hours ago, that she died before Jesus did, for the heart of a mother cannot take the misfortune of his children especially if they are death-bound.

Just as Mary is “full of grace” and “highly favored”, there is no room for the devil in her. But Satan wanted a foothold and that opportunity he seek in the humiliation of her dearly beloved Son. Mary felt that the temptation of Eve is crawling to her, saying “Don’t believe in God anymore. See, here is your Son, downtrodden and dying before you. How can you trust someone up there if he cannot save your Son from this unbearable trial and shame?” The scripture drama of Eden is coming alive before her eyes. Satan is offering her the fruit of disbelief as the answer to her confusion. Yes, Mary is confused just as Eve has been confused. But unlike Eve, Mary had seal her answer already to God and not of the devil. Mary knows what he had answered to God that changed her whole life through from that moment.

“Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word”(Luke 1:38)

The approval that she had commend to God is what she must have kept fromthe start. She had been praying from the beginning. This is her Son’s hour, which her Son had said in Cana. “Why do you involve me Woman, and what does that have to do with us? My time has not yet come!” (cf. John 2:4) Yes, wine is not the drink that can replenish the thirst of the soul. His Son can give that true drink, and he will pour it in His own hour. And she’ll see it being poured, she must witness it all, so that His Son may testify to her and say again “Woman!” to her, thus fulfilling the “hour” that Jesus had told her heart. Everything that Jesus had told she kept in her, and the ‘Woman!” call in the cross finally terminizes her pondering over it. Yes, that is the hour. The hour when Jesus reproof finally gave way to Satan’s scourge.

The victory of Mary over  her personal doubts about God came from her complete dependence in her Son. She had been praying from the beginning, just as all mothers do, that his Son might be victorious in the end. Atheism has became Mary’s scourge for a while, but Mary’s faith is too much for atheism. They cannot harmonize just as oil cannot mix with water. The sword that peirced in her heart became her sorrow, a sword that opened her heart and poured out what was being kept there. It fulfilled the scriptures inside her heart, whom she had kept as a mother must. The living epistle of Mary, that is, her heart’s recesses, is declared in that sword. It is through suffering that many hearts will be revealed.

At the end of the day, Mary hadn’t stopped her devotion. As in the beginning, she was found praying again, now not alone, but with his Son’s legacy, the infant church. And she wil always be praying for it. Disbelief hadn’t got a toehold in her, all because of her simple words “let it be done” that dovetailed great faith.

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Posted by: marynodded | October 25, 2008

Brief Explanation for the title “Mary Nodded”.

I am planning to reveal the reason for this on December, but it seemed to be more adequate to tell it simultaneously with this web log’s making. I decided to reveal it now. Nevertheless, I might make a deeper and elaborated explanation for this ‘Mary Nodded” title this Christmas season.

I derived the title from the lyrics of the Christmas carol, “A Little Drummer Boy”. It is a narrative carol whose main characters are the Wise Men (who said the lines “Come, they told me” and “Our finest gifts we bring”), Mary, The Baby Jesus, and the Drummer Boy. “Mary Nodded” was taken from the first line of the third stanza of the song.

What impressed me is the way the phrase has been applied so to give way to a heartwarming scene afterwards. The carol’s scene is simple. A new borne baby in the manger who is the Messiah, the mother who is Mary and the ox and mule around them. The drummer boy has been invited by the Wise Men, with all their gifts, too see the new born King. The drummer boy, aware of his own lack yet not his unworthiness, admitted his poverty before the babe by confessing it to Him. Yet, the boy did not lose heart and with innocence he wished to let him play his drum for the new born child. It is in that point that Mary nodded.

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A drum may not be like other instruments and may not have the tune to be played pleasantly , but it is the closest to mimic the beat of a heart 🙂

What is interesting about this is that after Mary’s “nod”, which is clearly the approval of the Blessed Mother, the child without much ado played his drum at his best. The tender scene of a child giving homage to another child in the way a child could give is a definitely simple yet profound picture. This had touched the heart of many when they hear this Christmas carol, and the gift of drumbeat the drummer boy had given the Messiah was gratified by the Babe’s smile. That smile may have sparked in the heart of the drummer boy forever.

The story speaks for itself and has retained the essences of godliness: simplicity, child-like trust, innocence and humility. The child, who is God-made-man, has chosen to be a helpless weakling in the midst of that night’s cold wind, and the boy, who has nothing but his drum, offered his talent of drum-beating as a simple gesture of faith and innocent selflessness. Mary, a mother of genuine simplicity and humility, had understood all of these and acting as the authority of the scene, granted the drummer boy the approval to let her Child be honored by him and by everyone, rich (the Magi) and poor (shepherds and the boy).

Though this story is apocryphal (and fictitious) in nature, it is wonderful to realize that this carol has been sung by many, Catholics and Protestants alike. With it’s solemn and gracious tune this has been loved by people who loved Christmas. Protestants had learned many about Mary when talking about Christmas carols, and this carol is one of them, applying common sense that a mother is a child authority (even if it is God himself). For Catholics, it is even more profound than that. Mary has been recognized and is chosen by God in the first place to be the mother of his Son. This privilege last not only at Christmas but throughout eternity, for God is eternity even in the form of a babe. Mary belongs in the scene and her nod will be always at sync with God’s approval, leading to God’s own manifestation of glory.

Posted by: marynodded | October 23, 2008

First Words from the author

Hi, I am the owner of this blog. I am catholic, and it is natural for us catholics to express faith and render honor to our Lord’s Mother, who is Mary.

In this blog, we will talk about Mary, her privileges, the rightful honors which she must be rendered on, and her rightful place and role in the universal salvific plan of God.

Hope that you’ll learn many from this site. To our Mother who dearly loved her Son so much and the same way with the latter, may your name be honored in all generations. Amen.

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