Wednesday, December 10, 2008

McCartney and the Blessed Mother

"Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord’s servant. Let it be done unto me as you have said.'"

In our world, wisdom comes from experience. Practically speaking, even Scripture backs that up. The sin is in believing that wisdom comes only from experience: that innocence equals naiveté. Mary was a virgin child, and yet even the great pagan philosopher Paul McCartney lauds her wisdom,

"When if find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom: ‘Let it be.’"

If there’s one thing the humility of the nativity teaches us, it’s that the powerless can have great authority and the inexperienced can have deep wisdom. Mary surrendered herself to the miraculous work of God in her life when she could neither deserve nor comprehend what was taking place. She stated simply, "Let it be." This is true wisdom.


CSigler said...

"Further up, further in".

It seems that wisdom is almost a cyclical thing... we come into this world with innocence, learn about what the world has to offer, turn from the beauty of our innocence, and the rest of life is filled moving back towards the beauty of that first experience. If we accept Christ we again experience that innocence. It is a beautiful time where everything seems to just "be ok" because we have found Christ. Then we learn... learn the troubles with theology and the sin within all men... we again move away from innocence.... move from milk to bread... bread isn't quite as comforting, and it's hard to swallow... but the more we eat it, the more we realize that it is nourishing... the rest of the christian life moves us back towards innocence... back towards complete dependence upon Christ... I think jesus meant a bit more than come without thinking when he said come to me with "faith like a child"...

The Lord is definitely teaching you A LOT about humility... it's been really neat to see it manifested in your personal life.

Oh, and "Let it Be" is generally accepted to be a Paul McCartney composition...

Joshua Andrew Smith said...

Good to know about McCartney. Bread of life is generally accepted to be a Smith composition, but it's mostly Trussell. Shame credit goes not where it's due.