Magazine article U.S. Catholic

A Mother's Thoughts on the Windows at Ascension Church

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

A Mother's Thoughts on the Windows at Ascension Church

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From where I sit in my pew at the 9 a.m. Mass, I can see the stained glass window, "Young Jesus in the Temple."

Mary's hands are outstretched, reaching toward her precocious son, who preaches to the older rabbis.

Jesus' hand is upraised. I can almost hear his voice: "Talk to the hand, Mom." Defiant, dismissive, a real adolescent.

From where I sit, Mary's hands are ready to strangle that kid who ran away from the family caravan in the desert, back to a bustling city without a word to anyone.

Mary must have felt some anger at Jesus, along with her awe.

I know that feeling well, Blessed Mother. I have two teenagers of my own.

That glow around Mary's head? A halo, I know. But it could also be the heat of rage, her head about to explode with upset, like mine has often felt during my children's lives.

From where I sit, when I stop projecting my own feelings on the window, I can see that Mary is actually hesitating in the Temple. …

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