Words from the Heart for Thursday December 27th, 2018
But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.
Luke 2:19 (NIRV)
A Secret Treasure
The report of the shepherds who arrived to the manger brought tremendous confirmation to Mary. She had experienced risky travel to Bethlehem followed by the painful birth alone in a stable. Yet, the report of the shepherds contained so much of the same announcement that the angel had given her nine months before. This Child really was the Saviour. Mary knew the truth of who He was even many years before the public would know.
In his Huron Carol, Canada’s first Christmas carol, Father Brebeuf adapted the Christmas story to the distinctive characteristics of the Aboriginal culture. So, the Infant Jesus was wrapped in rabbit skin rather than linen, and slept in a lodge of broken bark rather than a stable. Hunters replaced the shepherds and, in a final touch, three First Nations chiefs stood in for the Wise Men and, in place of gold, frankincense and myrrh, offered fur pelts to the Holy Child.
We all know stories of secret treasures. There are still a few around – pirate treasures supposedly buried off the coasts of Canada, just waiting for the right person to dig them up and become instantly wealthy. While these remain impossible dreams for most of us, the Bible speaks of the best of all treasures buried not in the ground, but in a human heart. Luke 2:19 speaks of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she ponders all that took place on the first Christmas Day: “But Mary kept all these things like a secret treasure in her heart. She thought about them over and over.” We can’t begin to imagine what Mary must have been experiencing on that first Christmas. Human birth is always a miracle. And while Jesus’ birth happened as naturally as every other human birth, it was like no other. The Messiah had arrived, accompanied by angels and shepherds, the representatives of both heaven and earth. Mary had so much to treasure in her heart. We who have received Jesus Christ by faith also have much to treasure in our hearts. For He dwells in us by faith. Never lose the mystery of this truth.
These have been words from the heart.