Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Twelve Days of Mary

Serendipity was at work recently.  I stopped in at a local steakhouse and was astonished to see a statue of Mary in the kitchen (which was clearly visible to customers).  It was apparently a gift to the family when the restaurant opened and they gave it a place of honor in the kitchen.
I very much liked this story and thought of the sisters from the Bible, Martha and Mary.  Martha worked in the kitchen preparing food for the visiting Jesus and her sister, Mary, chose to stay with the others and listen to his words.  Martha wasn't too happy about having the work all left to her but Jesus said, 
"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed - or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her".
Blessed Mother is there for us, always.  She casts a glow of love wherever she is and that day, in the steakhouse, I was very warmed by her presence and determined to return there again, which I did.
The serendipity of this story is the discovery of the book, below.  Mary and Martha blend together here as a young boy searches for a Madonna to give to Marta, his family's household servant.  

The Kitchen Madonna by Timer Hidden

Quiet, 9-year-old Gregory is searching modern London with his precocious sister Janet in tow.  His quest? To find a Ukrainian icon of the Madonna and Child for Marta, the family's hired help from polish Ukraine.  Instead of retreating into his usual silence, each difficulty helps Gregory draw from a well of faith and resourcefulness within him. Master storyteller, Rumer Godden brings to life a story of a lonely boy discovering the creative power of love.

6 comments:

  1. "Mary of the Kitchen." There's poetry in that image! Thanks for sharing this tale.

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  2. Great story. Mary in the kitchen. What a blessing.

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  3. Interesting Biblical story. I'll have to think about it -- but my initial reaction is that both body and soul need food and Jesus's alleged response was uncharacteristically harsh. Maybe he was irritable because he was hungry.

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    1. Hi Meri - Jesus recognized the need for food. He implies that Martha does not really need to worry so much. A little is as good as a feast. In that moment, food would always be there, Jesus would go on and not necessarily come that way again. And consider again, the only people Jesus was every harsh at were pharisees and hypocrites. I'm guess that they would be his targets today as well.

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  4. i love my humble kitchen madonna and love yours too. it is delightful to discover mary when you least expect her. my favorite apparition of mary came years ago when i was finishing up a hot shower. i stepped out of the shower and the bathroom mirror was covered with steam-except for a perfect large virgin mary! i stood completely transfixed! i thought about leaving the room for my camera to document her arrival- but quickly realized if i opened the door she would dissipate with the change in temperature. that is when i realized with my entire being that her appearance was a gift meant only for me. i stood there in the light of her love until she slowly faded away.

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    1. I love this story Rebecca. I think we all must have special Mary moments. You recognized something ephemeral and illusive. Smart choice to enjoy the moment.

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