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Mary, the Ponderer

A Lifetime Vigilance
October 9, 2020
Huwag Maging Tanga
October 11, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Mary, the Ponderer
When the Lord cast out an evil spirit from the mute person, an unknown woman exclaimed, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that you sucked!” (Luke 11:27). Such a wonderful expression came out from her mouth to give due honor to the mother who raised a wonderful son. But the Lord replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” (Luke 11:28).
His reply was not intended to disregard the woman’s high regard to His mother. He was happy to hear such praises to honor Mary, His mother. But the Lord took advantage of the moment to also honor anyone who hears the Word of God and do it. When the Lord said those words, He was honoring His mother again, because all throughout her life, Mary was an ardent listener and doer of God’s will. She dedicated her life to listening and following her Son, even at the foot of the cross.
Looking at Mary’s life, the following summarizes her relationship with God: a LISTENER, DOER of God’s will, and PONDERER God’s words.
A PONDERER is defined as “a reflective thinker characterized by quiet contemplation, muser, ruminator, muller. A thinker who exercises both mind and heart in an effort to understand the mystery at hand.
Mary did a lot of pondering in her life. Her life was full of mind-boggling mysteries: becoming pregnant by the Holy Spirit, becoming the Mother of God, losing and finding her son at the temple, her son’s attraction to the poor, his healing power, and his dying on the cross. I am sure she did a lot of questioning, searching, reflecting, and meditating to understand the mysterious unfolding in her life.
She pondered a lot after finding Jesus at the temple: “His mother treasured all these things in her heart.” (Luke 2: 51). She pondered the words of Simeon: “And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.” (Luke 2:35).
Such pondering and reflecting of the word of God, led her to see things beyond her understanding, and committed herself to God:
The Annunciation: “Let it happen to me as you have said!” (Luke 1:38).
The Visitation: “Blessed are you among women.” (Luke 1:42). 
The Magnificat: “The Lord has done great things for me!” (Luke 1:49).
The Presentation: “My eyes have seen the salvation!” (Luke 2:30).
The praise to the mother: “Blessed the womb that bore you!” (Luke 11:27)
What about you? Have you learned the art of pondering the Word of God? How do you approach the Scripture? Do you take some time to relish the Word of God? Do you allow the Word to affect you and change your heart? Do you see new things or a new perspective each time you ponder the Word of God? Have you learned the art of relishing the Word and led you to a new faith dimension?
Be like Mary, let’s listen to the Word of God, ponder them, and do it.
– Fr. Wilfredo M. Samson, SJ
October 10, 2020
Gospel Reading: Luke 11: 27-28

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