Mary knew the Messianic prophecies would be fulfilled by Her Son. While I cannot find any prophecies that predicted the Messiah would calm storms or walk on water, I do not suppose that when these stories got back to Mary they shocked her. After all, she knew He was Lord of all creation. She trusted in this fact so much so that when the couple at the wedding feast in Cana ran out of wine, she turned to Jesus for help. She told the servers, “Do whatever He tells you,” bolstering their faith in Jesus as He told them to take jugs filled with water to the headwaiter (cf. John 2:5-8). Surely the stories of all the miracles Jesus was performing would not have surprised Mary but would have made her rejoice in God, the Savior. Of course, Mary knew the Suffering Servant prophecies as well. She was familiar with the mysterious 53rd chapter of Isaiah. Perhaps while pondering Simeon’s words to her (cf. Luke 2:34-35), Isaiah’s words came to mind. No one could imagine all Jesus would have to suffer in order to redeem us. Yet, Mary knew Jesus came to save us; she knew he would have to suffer. Watching Him make all things new (cf. Revelation 21:5 & Isaiah 43:19) through His Passion and Death pieced her heart. Every prophecy she had ever heard about the Messiah was fulfilled in Her Son. Mary knew, but that didn’t stop Her Heart from breaking. I love the song "Mary, Did You Know.” I belt it out every time I hear it. It has led me to many wonderful contemplations about our Lady and her relationship with Her Son, some of which I have shared with you here. I have really only one complaint about the song. There is one error that makes me cringe when I sing along: “This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.” The Holy Spirit has made it known to the Church that Jesus pre-redeemed His Mother because of the important role she plays in the redemption of the world. Mary was delivered before time by the God who is outside of time. That is what we celebrate today. How awesome is our God! How beautiful is our Mother!
Then the eyes of the blind shall see, and the ears of the deaf be opened; Then the lame shall leap like a stag, and the mute tongue sing for joy. (Isaiah 35:5-6a)
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God has given Kelly lots of wonderful opportunities to follow Him. She was a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia in Nashville, an education coordinator for a Catholic Charities' program for pregnant teens, a middle school teacher, a director of religious education and is now a youth minister. Her most challenging and rewarding calling, though, is wife and mother of ten children. What she has learned, she blogs at CatholicMom.com. Kelly's book, Saintly Moms: 25 Stories of Holiness, is due out October 2021.