Mary ~ the Ultimate Contemplative


Mary was a woman of few words. You need not be Catholic to acknowledge that she is our ultimate example of humble obedience to God. Yet for all of her profound significance Scripture records her making only seven simple statements. Mary, the Ultimate Contemplative. When your words carry as much weight as hers, they need not be plenty.

She had an angelic visitation, received shocking news, a divine call that turned her world upside down, and simply said,

"Behold, the bond-slave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." Luke 1:38 NASB

Jesus first miracle happened because when they ran out of wine Mary spoke to the servers at the wedding feast and said “Do what He tells you.” John 2:5 NLT They obeyed and water became the best wine possible.

Between "may it be done to me according to your word" and "Do what He tells you", the Bible tells us Mary watched what Jesus did, and heard what He said, and "treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 ESV Mary was a true contemplative.

It just may be that the more we ponder and the less we say the more weight our words will carry, with both God and men.

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