As a mother, I know how important it is for our children to choose their friends carefully. The last thing we want is to have them get involved in something that we don’t agree with. Mary was like any mother, but Jesus wasn’t your average child. When He chose his disciples, He knew in advance that they were just the right ones to teach the truthful message of the Gospel. He would equip them with the necessary tools and train them in the path He had chosen for them. He wouldn’t be swayed by them. They were going to learn from Him and would eventually become the core of the greatest band to spread the Good News.
A disciple is another word for follower. Later, the Terrific Twelve, would become the base for the Christian church and be known as Apostles – AKA those who were sent out. There were far more that went out to reveal God’s gift of salvation and eternal life. The seeds were being planted by the finger of God Himself.
Jesus choice for His band, might seem unusual. Several of them were fishermen – business men who not only went fishing, but hired people to help with the work. One of the twelve was a tax collector – not a job worth favor in those days, because many of them were corrupt. Others were tradesmen. Judas, Iscariot was the treasurer of the group and constantly worried about financial affairs, which eventually led to his doom.
A motley crew indeed. They certainly weren’t flashy or capable of delivering crowd gathering speeches, but they followed Jesus without question. Most of them were probably young and physically capable of long hours, travel and hard work. They left their jobs, families, income to follow this new Rabbi.
As Mary saw those whom her Son was associating with, it may have caused her concern. He was known to spend time with the lowest classes of society. That could have been a sore spot for her, yet she was placing all of this in the hands of Jesus’ Father. Mary knew long ago that her Son was going to be different than most. He had been sent by God Himself to save the world from their sins. He did not come to make life easy for us – to make sure we had enough to eat – to fill water jugs with wine – to heal all our physical ailments, but to bring us the gift of eternal life in paradise. As co-heirs to His Father’s kingdom, His purpose was clear. He would vanquish sin with His own precious blood. He would conquer Satan through His resurrection. He would show us how we would some day be carried up to heaven as He was.
She knew that this Son of hers was no longer hers. He belonged to the ages.