Mixed Emotions

8 thoughts on “Mixed Emotions”

  1. Ah, Andie, in more rebellious days, I have imagined Mary slamming door and telling Joseph and Jesus a piece of her mind.
    I also saw a beautiful play in Puerto Rico about three Biblical women, the last one being Mary talking with Godde at the time of Jesus’ crucifixion and asking Godde, Did you really have to do this? In the end she understands.
    Finally, have you ever seen Max Ernst’s painting of Mary spanking baby Jesus? To this day, this has a way of infuriating many museum’s visitors…
    I expect Mary had mixed emotions, a roller coaster of emotions sometimes even. If indeed Jesus was both human and divine and experienced all that we do feel, then his mother must have experienced all of it as well.
    I just hope that her original ‘yes’ ensured her all the grace in the world to help her go through what was awaiting her.
    Finally, I came across a lovely prayer that says “Mary, Divine Mother, have mercy on us.”

    Thank you for this post, Andie.

  2. Andie, this was one of my favorite scenes in Jesus of Nazareth directed by Franco Zefferelli. It came out in 1977 and the casing was superb….the expression on Mary’s face as Simeon says this perfectly captured the pathos and sorrow she must have felt. I have thought about that scene many times since. Lori

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