Interview your own mother, or an older female relative.
You could compose your own list of questions for her, or ask some of the following:
1. What are the three events in your life that you remember most vividly?
2. Can you describe one of these events?
3. What things have you done that you are most proud of?
4. What did you find most difficult in your life?
5. Did you learn about Mary of Nazareth when you were at school?
6. How was Mary portrayed?
7. What part did Mary play in religious rituals that you were involved in?
8. Which of Mary’s qualities have you tried to imitate in your own life?
You could, if you wish, answer some of these questions yourself, and recall what you learnt about Mary in your early schooling.
Jot down your memories and compare with a learning partner.
Make sure the symbols relate to her story and not just to Jesus’ life.
Express these symbols in a visual form, either by drawing or painting them, producing a collage or poster.
Focus questions for the gospel passages
The Annunciation, John Collier
1. What are the most interesting moments in Mary’s story?
2. What is God’s interaction with the main characters? What does this tell you about the narrator’s image of God? Do you agree with this image?
4. What is happening on either side of the episodes in Mary’s story, in the chapters before and after it? Does this help you understand the purpose of the story?
5. The narrator/editor has chosen to tell some things and leave other things out. What has been left out of the story that you would like to know?
6. Are the characteristics and actions of the people in the story still present in the world? How is the story relevant to modern life, especially your own?
The Holy Family, Walking With God, Morgan Weistling
‘The angel said to her ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and name him Jesus. He will be called the Son of the Most High.’ (Luke 1:30-31)
‘My soul glorifies the Lord…..’ (1:46)
‘She laid him in a manger, because there was no place in the inn.’ (2:7)
‘Did you not know I must be in my Father’s house?‘ (2:49)
‘And his mother treasured all these things in her heart.’ (2:51)
Each of these quotes relates to an episode in the birth or childhood of Jesus. Mary was intimately involved in each.
List some key moments in your relationship with a child – perhaps your own, perhaps a child you know.
If you were writing about these key moments, what words would best describe them? You could include quotes from yourself or the child, or comments about the episode.