How often have I thought of Mary pondering all of the joyful mysteries in her heart! When the shepherds arrive to see the new-born Infant, they repeat the angel's message and Mary pondered in her heart all hat they told her. Now, as the Dominican, father Xavier lavagetto, pointed out in a homily on this Gospel, the words seem passive- "Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart." They are contemplative, but the word pondered is active. It is an engagement, a wrestling with God and with the events of one's life. The word pondered literally means to toss about. It can be translated as discussion, debate. It is an active searching for meaning. Mary's pondering is a freely engaged prayer seeking God passionately.
Father Xavier pointed out that if we, like Mary "gave God that contemplative moment to feed our heart's on the angel's message and believe that Jesus is Emmanuel God with us, our lives would be no less complicated, but they would be lived more securely in God's love."
What if we, like Mary, wrestled with the events of our daily lives..?