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The Savior had departed. But his followers were pained. They wept greatly, saying…. If they did not spare him, how will they spare us. Then Mary stood up…and said to her and sisters, “Do not weep and be pained, for all his grace will be with you and shelter you…. When Mary said this, she turned their hearts to the Good, and they began to discuss the words of the Savior. 


~The Gospel of Mary 4:11: 5:1,3,4-6,9,10


There are times these days that I wish Mary would come to me and say, “Don’t weep. There’s a shelter from this storm for you.”


I remember that Paul McCartney sang something like this.


“When I find myself in times of trouble,

Mother Mary comes to me,

speaking words of wisdom, let it be. 

And in my hour of darkness,

she is standing right in front of me,

speaking words of wisdom, let it be.”


So yesterday after I read from the Gospel of Mary, I walked outside. I stared down at a small stream, and heard some traffic behind me. I looked to see if Mary was there. Because it seems like maybe this gospel’s Mary might be Mary Magdalene and Paul McCartney’s Mary might be the Mother of Jesus, I got sidetracked on who I was looking or listening for. I decided to wait for some Mary to come, tell me she understood but that I shouldn’t cry, and point me to something in my life that could provide me both some shelter and some hope.

Nothing happened for quite a while. 


The brook seemed louder. I still heard some traffic.

I began to wonder whether Mary was speaking to me in the brook. Or in the traffic.  But what I did notice is that my head was pounding less and I could breathe deeper.


~Hal Taussig


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