“They made known the message they had been told (by the Angel) about this Child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the Shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in Her Heart.”

Luke 2:17-19

Those nine months from the time of the Annunciation must have been quite extraordinary for the Blessed Virgin Mary.

From that first visit of the Angel, declaring She was to be the Mother of the Messiah; to the visit to Elizabeth; then the journey because of the census, leading them finally to the little stable in Bethlehem, the ‘House of Bread’.

And now, this visit from the Shepherds and their talk of Angels telling them to come see the Child and a host of Angels in the sky praising God.

Perhaps it really isn’t a surprise that, as the Gospel relates, Mary pondered all these things in Her Heart.

This is very much the nature of the Mother of God – to contemplate in silence, to think things over prayerfully, to wait and to trust in the Lord, Who has always been faithful to His promises.

And throughout all of this, She never once lost Her sense of wonder at the marvels the Lord was doing.

For us, the Christmas season has probably invovled visiting the Christmas Crib. And standing there, even the most mature adult would be hard pressed not to become once more like a little child, and to experience that very same sense of wonder. Perhaps the same has feeling has come upon you during these past weeks as you have listened to favourite Christmas carols? And again, that momentary sense of wonder has touched your heart, if only for an instant.

Today, let us ask the Blessed Virgin to obtain for us the grace of a continual sense of wonder, that grace which reminds us that we are children in the plan of a loving Heavenly Father, the God Who comes to us, becomes one of us.

With the Blessed Virgin, and following Her example, let us, too, keep all these things in our hearts and ponder them – not only at Christmas, but throughout the year.