Another interesting thing I contemplate is this: From Catholic teaching pain in childbirth is the punishment for Original Sin (Eve and the apple). Mary was born of an Immaculate Conception, ie had no Original Sin. So... when she gave birth in that stable, she was almost certainly a bit afraid at being alone and far from home, but did she feel the pain of labor and childbirth as we know it?
I agree with your thoughts on what it must have been like to be the mother of God. Yes, he was a fully human baby and most likely had those normal teething moments. Even though Mary's my model of motherhood, sometimes I find it difficult to relate to a mother whose child never deliberately disobeyed her. Must have been nice.
There was the time that he stayed behind in the Temple to teach and Mary and Joseph where scared out of their wits. If that's not a typical parental moment, I don't know what is!
this is partially my point.... do we know that when jc was small he never disobeyed his mother, or was never mischeivious, or never threw a fit because mom said "come inside now", or " no, you can't have that"? as i said he was a human baby. and if as an adult he showed his temper with the money changers in the temple, what would keep him from doing the same when he's small with (most likely) less self-control? and do you think mary ever lost it and felt like saying loud and firm "young man, you get your butt inside this house now!" (or similar words of frustration that moms are pretty universally known to use when they've reached their limit)?
kama - i agree that i too try and remember that dd is just as divine as jc. esp. when i'm out of sorts and feeling less than divinely inspired........:
I have a small blessed mother Mary charm on my necklace. I wear it often and when I'm struggling with Motherhood, I touch it and remember what she went through and it gives me strength.
Thanks for the wonderful thread!
Anyhow, Mary was one awesome woman. Gabriel even told her that God thought so!
How would it feel if you knew your son had to be tortured to death as a ransom for your sins. Talk about mama guilt.
While Jesus didn't sin I am sure it was frustrating at times when she didn't understand what his reasoning for doing things were. The temple couldn't have been the first time they were ticked at him and his response was something like "What else would I have been doing".
The truest answer to violence is love. The truest answer to death is life. The only prevention for violence is for the heart to have no violence within it. We cannot prevent evil through any system devised by mankind. But we can grapple with evil and defeat it, but only with love—real love.
Yeah, the fleeing to Egypt would have been hard on her, knowing that they were after her babe and who he really was. On the other hand, a pat on teh back straight from God delivered by His angel... not bad. Looks real good to some of us who have a hard time getting an 'atta girl!' out of our own husbands some days!
This reminds me of the movie that depicts the life of the Dalai Lama (anybody remember the name?) where they show him as a young boy and he was so purposeful and calm. I imagine boy Jesus as very much like the boy Dalai Lama, different than other kids, not necessarily following his earth parents wishes or societal conventions, but very much not disobeying his heavenly father's wishes. I think that to have custody over a child like that must be a true walk of faith of your own. I think as parents we are entrusted with custody over "our" children - we don't own them though we often find ourselves trying to shape them and in battles of will with them, and we love them like no other thing on earth.
I don't know how much Mary knew or believed that Jesus was supposed to fulfill - my impression was that the scripture Jesus fulfills by dying is in Isaiah and in the OT elsewhere, but I'm totally not sure. I'm also not sure how much of that Jesus came to know for himself as an adult. I don't think its as clear as a roadmap anyway, I think it must have been scary and hard - trusting and hoping and letting go of all you want to hold and protect.
The book I'd recommend on this -- seriously -- is called "Lamb: the Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Friend." I read it recently. It's hilarious, first of all, and on the irreverent side -- but it actually treats Jesus, and his mission on earth, quite seriously. As Biff tells it, "Josh" was always a very, very good kid -- while nonetheless giving his mother all sorts of headaches just because, well, it's amazing the kind of trouble you just get into when miracles sometimes happen around you.
My favorite aspect of the book was the depiction of Mary Magdalene ("Maggie"). I checked out the Amazon.com reviews of the book after reading it because I was curious how many people were offended by it. Somewhat to my surprise, the vast majority of professed Christians who'd reviewed it gave it 4 or 5 stars.
Anyway. If you will be horribly offended by the idea that Jesus developed some of his powers by studying meditation in India, then definitely give this one a pass. But otherwise, I highly recommend it, for some very thought-provoking speculations on the life of Jesus and what it might have really been like to know him.
I also agree with even though Mary knew He was/is the only begotten Son of God, I'm sure she must've felt frustrated and impatient at times. Even with a solid eternal perspective it is so easy to only think/feel in the moment. And I don't think that's bad. We know that our children are the children of God (as are we) and we are still frustrated and impatient with them (and with ourselves). I'm sure Heavenly Father feels frustrated with us at times. And he is a perfect parent!
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Luke was the physician and he was not an apostle but rather lived a couple of hundred years after Jesus would have. Matthew was a tax collector.
I was a Catholic for many years--went to Catholic school--and I NEVER heard of the "non-birth" story.....
The Story of Christmas
words form the Gospels of Matthew and Luke
pictures by Jane Ray
It's a pretty cool statue; you can probably find a pic of it somewhere on the Web. That said, there's lots of Madona and Child art from middle ages and renaissance that clearly show a big, fat toddler Jesus nursing. I always look for one of those for my Xmas cards...
|Originally posted by Naomi
Well, there are some apocryphal gospels (not the formal apocrypha that you'll find in Catholic bibles, but really whacked-out stuff that is officially considered heretical by pretty much everybody) that purports to be about Jesus's childhood. Some of it is hair-raising in the extreme (one story has him striking dead some playmates who made fun of him!), some of it is kind of oddly cute (another story has him bringing some clay pigeons to life, just for fun).
And how "whacked" is the Revelation of "John"!?
The gnostic texts were written by original xians, before, during and after "Matthew, Mark, Luke and John," and Paul's letters. It was an extrememely hectic and dangerous time, right around when the Jewish Temple was destroyed for the 2nd time, and the Roman empire was really getting going. Til the middle of the 20th century, we had very few of these gnostic texts. They were burned as heresy, along with their authors quite often, along with most Greek scientific texts and knowledge in general. Ushering in the Dark Ages. (We do have tons of written refutations of them by the literalists/proto-Roman Catholics of the day however.) Then in 1945, 53 of these texts were found in Upper Egypt, in a large jar buried in a cave. Someone in those ancient days thought they were extremely important (not whacked), but most Christians find them still so taboo, they are still not getting out into the public eye. Biblical scholars are well aware of them however.
|Originally posted by darlindeliasmom
you guys talking about images of Mary nursing Jesus: did you know that La Leche is called that after a statue from a church in St. Augustine, FLA? La Virgen de la Leche y Bien Partida (Our Lady of the Milk and of the Happy Delivery). One of the original founders of LLL saw
I guess if you gave birth and remained a virgin, that would be a buen parto indeed! It's odd that (some) Catholics believe this, as they seem to take the Bible less literally than many Protestant sects (as the footnotes from the Catholic Bible I browsed thru indicated.)
Well, it depends on "which" Mary you mean - there are two very different representations of Mary in the NT.
1) There's the Mary who was visited by angels and told her child was God, and who sang the Magnificat (sp?).
2) And then there's the Mary who scolded her 12-year old son for running away (to the Temple) who had no idea what her boy was talking about when he said he had to be about his father's work. This was the same Mary who was estranged from Jesus as an adult and thought he was nuts (the story about his mother & siblings standing outside waiting for him whom he denounced in favor of chosen family, and who wanted to put him away in the ancient day equivalent of an insane asylum).
Which Mary? She is too vague for me to make any presumptions about her feelings or thoughts on her pregnancy and parenting, but undoubtedly Jesus was nursed, and was part of an extended family during his childhood, with may aunts and uncles and whatnot (the story of Anna, Mary's mother; Elizabeth, Mary's aunt etc).
I personally love the art I have seen of Mary nursing Jesus. When I was in Paris at the Louvre, I tried to take pictures of them! My friends found them distasteful, LOL, even though they are famous works of art!