On the day after we honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus we turn our thoughts to Mary and to what the Gospels tell us about her heart. They tell us that she was more than amazed at the appearance of the Angel Gabriel. Then, when she had the time to digest what God was asking of her, she said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me as you say.”
The shepherds arrived after the birth of Jesus. They wanted to behold the new-born king. Mary was again amazed. She was left to quietly consider this over and over in her heart.
When the twelve-year-old Jesus was missing from the group returning to Nazareth, Mary’s heart was a raging storm of concern. Then, when he announced that he had to be about his Father’s business that gave her much more to think about.
She was at her best at the wedding feast at Cana. When the wine ran out Mary could see the young couple’s embarrassment. She turned their concern over to Jesus, simply telling him, “They have no wine.” That is what she does with all the requests we put in her lap. She knew Jesus would take care of the matter. She told the servants, “Just do whatever he tells you to do.”
Finally, we must try picturing the grief raging in the heart of Mary when she was standing beneath the cross. You can thank her for taking you in when Jesus said, “Behold your child.”