Mary did you know, that your baby boy
Will one day rule the nations?
Was Heaven's perfect Lamb?
And this sleeping Child you're holding
Is the Great I AM
Jimmy Akin writes,
"I know a lot of people like this song . . . and I am NOT trying to get anyone all twisted up about it, but I have to get something off my chest . . . .
Every time I hear this song, I want to stand up and holler "YES, Mary knew! If ANYONE knew, she did!!"
Jimmy Akin also says this,
"In my mind, the song conjures up an image of Mary as a nonplussed and naive young girl, caught up in events she can't comprehend or control. This is not surprising, since the song was written by a Protestant Evangelical and this is the prevailing view of Mary among Protestants."
I guess I am pretty good at weaving the truth into my interpretation of songs. (Case in point: "I Come to the Garden Alone." I rationalize that we all "come to Jesus alone" -- the fact that we are one body in Christ is perfectly understood and simpatico with my interpretation of the song LOL). But back to the topic at hand . . . I love Jimmy Akin's 2005 post about this!
As Jimmy Aikin suggests - look at the first chapter of Luke's gospel:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as he said to our fathers."
(give or take a year or two) at the time.
How many sixteen-year-olds do you know who would put together a psalm of praise like that?
Mary's Magnificat demonstrates that she not only knew who Jesus was, but what he meant to the nation of Israel and to the world.Consider what the angel told her, also from Luke 1:
'He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.'
But Mary had not just been told who Jesus was, she had direct experience of who he was, having been overshadowed by the Holy Spirit at his conception. She knew! Boy, did she know!
Now, I am not saying this is a bad song, or that Catholics shouldn't listen to it. I do, however, want to invite those who hear it to consider that Mary DID know precisely who Jesus was. The next time you hear, Mary, Did You Know?, go and read the first chapter of Luke, and give thanks for all that God has done for us through our Blessed Mother.
Oh, and pray a Rosary!"