What Child Is This? The Voice of Mary
The opening lines to William Chatterton Dix's famous Christmas carol ask a poignant question.
"What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary's lap is sleeping?"
Dix goes on to answer this question in part during the last line of the repeated chorus. This child is "the babe, the son of Mary." Luke's gospel tells how Mary's son would be conceived and that his name would be Jesus. Mary learns of this news in a unique and unforgettable way as recorded in Luke 1:26-35.
Why Mary? Why this Mary? Mary’s response to the angel seems to let us know of her faithfulness in the midst of an unsure future:
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.”
What can we learn about this child from his mother? What can we learn about this child for our own lives?