2. Stanley points out that God not only asked Mary to watch her son die but also gave her the power to “hold fast to the promises she had received from the Spirit that this is the one who will scatter the proud, bring down the powerful from their thrones, fill the hungry with good things, and fulfill the promises made to Abraham and his descendants.” In the face of tragedy, Mary was also part of a story of strength and victory. How does knowing this help you?
3. When Jesus gives the care of his mother to the Beloved Disciple, he reminds us that Mary is the firstborn of the Church, the first one to believe in him as Messiah, even as he was in the womb. As Church folk, we are given to one another, linked together not by blood but by God’s love for us. How does it challenge you to think of Church not as the place you choose to attend but the fellowship that God knit together, starting with Mary?