March 17, 2008

Garland of Grace

Smalltown Poets' song "Garland of Grace" always makes me think of Mary. I don't know if she is the intended topic of the song, but she comes to mind very readily when I'm listening to the lyrics:

Listen closely and enjoy
All the benefits that getting wisdom brings
Give her esteem
She is priceless and serene
She will crown your head with more honor than kings.
...
She is wisdom and the most praiseworthy trait of all, of them all.


I especially like the line "she is wisdom", when in reference to Mary. According to the Old Testament (and Evan Almighty), it's the fear of the Lord that's the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 1:7) Just after that well-known line is "reject not your mother's teaching; a graceful diadem (crown) will they be for your head." (Proverbs 1:8b-9a)

What is our mother's teaching that will crown our head? What understanding does Mary demonstrate from her first appearance in the Gospel through the last, that she also teaches us? Our mother Mary gives one very clear and very simple instruction to the servants at the wedding:

Do whatever He tells you. (John 2:5)

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