Thursday, December 11, 2008
The Gospel of Matthew
For me the most compelling scene occurs at the Visitation of the Kings. Mary tentatively hands the baby over for the Magi to hold. In the background we hear "sometimes I feel like a motherless child." It is precisely in those moments when Jesus' divinity is most clear that we must come to terms with the terrible suffering of being "motherless." One of the most melancholy scenes is Jesus query--who is my Mother? Later we see Jesus leaving his mother, disappearing into the distance--at the same time that he tell his disciples that he is the Messiah and that this means he will have to suffer many things.