Return to Nazareth: Mary, Mother, and Teacher
“Let it be done to me according to your word (Luke 1:38).” These are words that convey a great deal about the one saying them and about the one to whom they are said. Mary says these words from vulnerability and availability. They also come from a place of profound trust in God. Mary is essentially saying here is my life and here is my body, do with it as you see fit. Perhaps only at a wedding does a woman come close to saying these words.
Mary’s words speak of her complete trust and of the trustworthiness of God. Her history with God and deep knowledge of him, allow these words to be expressed and great things to happen. Mary later says “the Almighty has done great things for me (Luke 1:49)” revealing her noticing and attentiveness to God’s demonstration of fidelity which builds trust.
Women and mothers, can you listen to the heart of Mary and learn from her? Can you bring your heart, potentially filled with hesitancy and reluctance to trust born from a lifetime of experience? Mary has a way of living to teach and pass on. Mary intercede for women, mothers and future mothers of our community.