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Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

By:  Mission Team July 14, 2021

I was a lazy and naïve fourteen year old. I pretty much had no idea what the sacrament of Confirmation was. I had heard the term, “soldier for Christ”, but I didn’t totally understand what I was getting myself into. I always received the sacraments and practiced my faith because of my parents. That was just what we did as a family. There was no clear explanation of what I was doing in my faith. I knew Confirmation was a pretty big step in my life, but it didn’t make a whole lot of sense until several years later.

Just this year, I started to really think about the name I chose for this sacrament. When you are preparing for your Confirmation, you are asked to choose a name (usually that of a saint) to be used when you are confirmed. Honestly, I don’t remember why we do this as Catholics. I believe that we choose a saint to be a model in the ways that we are striving to live. It can literally be any one of the saints, or in my case, I chose a name.

My confirmation name is Mary. I’m not quite sure what was going on in my head when I decided on it, but it stood out for some reason. It was an easy name to think of, and it was in the Bible, so it was kinda a win-win situation. I remember hearing of all the Mary’s in the Bible and the fact that they all had an encounter with Jesus was what drew me into it. Unfortunately, I never read their stories. I knew a random mix of facts about each of them, but it was all one jumbled mess in my brain.

I had pretty much forgotten about them until there was one day that it came back to my memory and I just couldn’t take the unknown anymore. I was tired of not having a reason for the name I chose, so I decided to open the Word of God to recall who these women were.

Of course, the first one was Mary, the Mother of God, who I knew all about. So, I went on. Next, I stumbled upon the story of Mary and Martha. Everything suddenly started to come back as I read one account of their stories. Luke 10:38-42 explains that Jesus went into a village where he visited their home. There, Martha ran around trying to serve him and tidy up the house, while Mary sat at Jesus’s feet and listened to Him. Jesus tells her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is a need for only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Luke 10:41-42).

As soon I read this, something just seemed to click. It didn’t take long to realize that I am really like Martha. I tend to get anxious over the little things and I find it easy to be goal-oriented rather than to see the purpose of it all. However, Mary sat in the presence of Jesus during all of this. She was still and reassured in who He was. She trusted.

After pondering this, everything started to make sense. I realized that I have been wanting to be more like Mary. In fact, I needed to be more like her. If only I had known this as I was being confirmed. But my decision I made years ago, started to affect me now. This proves that God works outside of our time and space; He knew when I needed to understand this, He knew when I needed it the most. For a while, I had kinda regretted the name I chose because I didn’t even know why I picked it for myself. But little did I know that it was meant for me now.

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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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