Luke / Chapter 2
“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). Boy, this Scripture must have really resonated with this cast of characters – Mary, Joseph, Simeon, and Anna. It’s kind of like the song “Waiting for Superman” by Daughtry (who is also a big Believer in today’s world). Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is both mysterious and uneventful at the same time. The Jews were already “waiting for Superman” per Mosaic prophecy, but few realized that the Messiah would be come to our world in the form of an infant and be born in a stable. But, the signs were all there for those who were looking – like the wise men; most likely descendants of Daniel living in Persia who saw the signs in the skies. I lost my youngest Son, Luke, at a college carnival once. The few minutes it took us to find him were heart-wrenching, but, in my heart, I knew he was O.K. Mary and Joseph must have known that Jesus was O.K. when strangers like Simeon and Anna who were really “looking” for the Messiah (Superman) came and worshiped Him in Jerusalem and when they left Him behind accidentally when He was 12 years old in Jerusalem. It’s easier for those who have “seen” to “be still”. That’s why Jesus told Thomas, ” “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed.” (John 20:29) Twice in Luke 2, Mary “treasured all these things in her heart”. If you’ve ever spent time with a “sage”, you have likely been Blessed with some wisdom. Saint John would take Mary as his own Mother (“He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” John 19:26-27). John would eventually settle Mary in Ephesus – you can still visit Her home today. What it must have been like to sit around a fire and listen to Mary talk about Jesus – all that she knew and all that she saw. That would have sure helped us to “see”.
- How can we find more ways to “be still”?
- Where do we find the Wisdom of God through this Scripture to help us to “see”?