In this week's gospel reading we here the story of the shepherds arriving at the manger to see Jesus. After sharing what the angels told them about Jesus, everyone responded with amazement! Except for Mary. Instead we are told that, upon hearing that here son is destined to be the messiah of her people, she does not jump up in joy, or weep in fear, but sits peacefully and ponders all these things in her heart. This is Mary's way of intuiting within herself the way forward, holding gently what she has heard, and letting her responds slowly emerge within her. What are the amazing, terrifying, confusing things happening your life? What would it be like to ponder these things in your heart like Mary?
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