Holding Jesus: Reflections on Mary, the Mother of God

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In faith we love to think of Mary as our Blessed Mother. We see Mary depicted again and again holding the infant Jesus in her arms. The most popular image of Mary in paintings, icons, stained glass, and statuary is her role as the Madonna, the mother of the Word made flesh. The imagination and genius of artists supply us with images of the maternal wonder, innocence, and affection that our faith discerns in this holy Mother of God. But the story of Mary’s relationship with Jesus goes beyond her nurturing him as ...
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Overview


In faith we love to think of Mary as our Blessed Mother. We see Mary depicted again and again holding the infant Jesus in her arms. The most popular image of Mary in paintings, icons, stained glass, and statuary is her role as the Madonna, the mother of the Word made flesh. The imagination and genius of artists supply us with images of the maternal wonder, innocence, and affection that our faith discerns in this holy Mother of God. But the story of Mary’s relationship with Jesus goes beyond her nurturing him as a child. She also accompanies him throughout his life stages from childhood to the teen years, from young adult to his maturity, from his thirtieth year to his passion and death, and from his resurrection to his ascension. Throughout his life, Mary continues to hold her son in her love and in her outstanding prayer and contemplation. In 42 scriptural reflections, Fr. Alfred McBride invites us to consider Mary as a young wife and new mother who holds her infant, as the Mother of Sorrows who holds her son when he is taken down from the cross, and as a witness to the infant Church when the Holy Spirit descends in the Upper Room at Pentecost.
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Father Alfred has reflected upon every aspect of life. The reader will know Mary differently, pondering and walking with her as she invites the reader to hold her son, Jesus, throughout his life. In knowing Mary differently, we can know ourselves anew, ga
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616364809
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 129
  • Sales rank: 1,412,889
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.50 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author


ALFRED MCBRIDE, O. Praem ., holds a diploma in catechetics from Lumen Vitae, Brussels, and a doctorate in religious education from the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. He has written many books, including The Challenge of the Cross: Praying the Stations; Staying Faithful Today: To God, Ourselves, One Another; A Short History of the Mass; The Story of the Church; and A Priest Forever: Nine Signs of Renewal and Hope. He resides in a Norbertine priory in DePere, Wisconsin. In 2011 he received the Catechetical Award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership.
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  • Posted August 1, 2012

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    Mary¿s relationship with Jesus

    In Holding Jesus, Fr. Alfred McBride offers 42 reflections on Mary formatted as follows: passage from scripture, inspirational quote, meditation, prayer, and question for applying the teaching to everyday life. The meditations focus on scriptural readings and aspects of Mary’s relationship with Jesus.

    The book is divided in three parts. Part 1 concentrates on Mary as a young wife and mother. Reflections are based on the readings for Advent through Christmas. Part 2 addresses Mary’s relationship with Jesus during his public ministry. Part 3 looks at Mary’s participation in Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection and the sending of the Holy Spirit. Parts 2 and 3 are well suited for use during Lent and ordinary time. Taken as a whole, Holding Jesus is an excellent book for individuals and groups wishing to learn more about Mary’s role in the life of her son, and the Church from its earliest days to the present.

    McBride brings us into the stories. In the account of Jesus’ birth, for example, he suggests that the best gift from the Magi was the faith and energy they devoted to following the star. The shepherds brought animals to warm the stable, “But their best gift was their loving faith and humble gratitude for the greatest event in human history.” Today, McBride writes, the best gift we can give Jesus is ourselves. “Give some of your hearts as you look at each other...”

    In his reflection on Mary’s receiving Christ’s body from the cross, McBride writes of the thought processes behind Michelangelo’s version of the Pieta. We learn that the sculptor sketched hundreds of young Jewish men and women “so Jesus and Mary would have credible Semitic faces.” He also made conscious choices about whether Mary’s face should show normal signs of aging (no), the expressions on the faces of Christ and his mother, and how the light should shine on the finished piece.

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