Posted by: vftmom247 | 2010/12/27

Musings on Mary, stubborness, and resolve

This came up during a movie called “The Nativity Story” (see links) with Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary of Nazareth.  Her portrayal really made the movie.  First of all, she was shown as about the same age as the real Mary.  We tend to forget that Mary, like Juliet, was incredibly young by our standards today.  In the movie, she was about 14.  The other quality that was apparent in this Castle-Hughes’ portrayal of Mary was her almost silent stubbornness and resolve.

It got me thinking…wouldn’t Mary have had to have that same kind of stubborn steel?  Here is a fourteen year-old in the strict Jewish culture who isn’t married, just engaged…and she turns up pregnant?!?  If she hadn’t had that kind of resolve, she  wouldn’t have been able to convince her parents and Joseph that she was telling the truth – and even then, Joseph needed some angelic discussion to fully believe her.  After all, his reputation in the community suffered too.  They both had to face down the village shredding their reputations;  and the Bible tells us their reputations had been pretty good til that point.

Mary would have had to hold on to that steel resolve through the Holy Week also.  Here her beloved son was, who she ‘d nurtured, worried over, and loved – getting reviled, rejected by his own people, tortured, and finally killed.  All she could do was hold stubbornly on to her faith in God that all this was absolutely necessary for God’s plan.  And do like she has always done, trust with her whole being in God and his plan for her and hers.  Her stubborn core made her hold true to her beliefs, and listening to God showed her what she  needed to be stubborn about.

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