A wonder, is something out of the ordinary. There are times when something stands out, something you've probably seen or heard a hundred times, this time is no different. It stirs the imagination, and you shake your head in disbelief, pondering, how could that be?
Some Christians are preparing for what we call, in the Eastern Orthodox Church, the Dormition of the Most-Holy Theotokos, which is the falling asleep of the Most Holy and Ever Virgin Mother of God. We are called to pray and fast. During this time, a Small Paraklesis is chanted. It is chanted in times of distress and sorrow of soul and now, during the first fourteen days of August. It is filled with wonderful words and ends in a very mysterious way. "O unexplainable wonder, How do you nurse the Master?"
We don't really think about the intimacy. Only woman who have nursed their babies, can relate. It almost seemed out of place to end there with that question. Several times, I saw the words, having contemplated them.
Today on face book I saw a video by: Vishal Ravi, entitled "NEVER GIVE UP IN LIFE." In order to fulfill the dream of finishing the race, in which the young man pulled a hamstring, his father came from the stands to help him to victory. Love says you can never quit, you must do your part, you must never let go until it's over. Love demands your greatness, and all you have to give, always, in good and in bad times. Mary saw Jesus through to the cross, and He, on her last day here on earth, came to deliver her spirit.
The decision that Mary made to carry Christ within her womb demanded all she had to give. Caring for an infant means, once a mother always a mother. Love demands it. If your a mother, then I don't have to explain it. If your not, then you may never understand the depth of it.
If she were in this country, 7-14 years old would put her in the category of a child. How can a child endure such a responsibility? Yet, God entrusted Her with His only-begotten Son, Jesus. Loving and caring for Him would have been a big job for an adult. How do you nurse the Master? It is all a learning process, which my mom said she failed at, not having enough milk. Most of the kids my age were "bottle fed." My mother-in-law, Leona used to tell me about Baker's milk, which she thought was great! It produced chunky little babies. They were totally against breastfeeding, sadly.
Nothing is better than the natural milk for the infant, flowing at the right time, temperature, nutritionally perfect and having a biologically beneficial healing aspect for the mother. Mary was said to have had a handmaiden to help. She didn't even have her mother.
It was all about Trust! It was all about Provisions! It was a very humbling experience. God placed Himself in the hands of a woman, and trusted her. She placed her Trust in Him and He provided for her.
The baby needs the milk, and the milk must be eliminated from the mother. The bond established cannot be measured or comprehended, the two were inseparable. Jesus, the Word, took His flesh from Mary. The One who cannot be contained "was contained" within the womb of a young woman. The One who sustains all, was "sustained" by her milk the only source of nourishment that gave life to Him who is Life. O wonder of wonders! And how unexplainable! How do you nurse the Master? How does one give birth to the One who created her, in the first place?
God proved His love for women, and for His mother, and all humanity. On the fifteenth of August, the church will present the feastday of the falling asleep of the Theotokos, the Dormition. Mary, the Mother of God, who was born from human parents, delivered God in the flesh. The One who came to deliver her, and delivers us all.
Do you ever wonder! "O unexplainable Wonder, How do you nurse the Master?" Who can comprehend this great mystery?
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