“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s will …. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:29-31).
Mary hummed as she beat the rugs clean,
Then stopped as a tiny ball of feathers fluttered, then stilled.
A sparrow fledgling.
Another rustle, and her Boy was beside her.
Silence. Then, “Will it die?”
“As we all must, my Son,” replied his mother,
“in God’s time.”
Lost in thought, Mary did not notice at first
as He crouched, one hand outstretched.
“Jesus! Don’t touch! There is nothing we can do!”
He did not seem to hear her. Gently He scooped
and stroked the creature’s wing.
First a flutter, then a shout. And a sparrow soared
in God’s time.
Mother of God: Before His first breath, your Son was true God and true man. As time went on, the resemblance — and bond — between your Son and His Father must have grown stronger and stronger. You were there to watch Him grow. Pray for us, as we take our first faltering steps toward holiness. Amen.
Excerpted from Behold Your Mother: Mary Stories and Reflections from a Catholic Convert by Heidi Hess Saxton. Used by permission. All rights reserved. To order, go to www.christianword.com.
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