It's quite well-known that St. Luke gave the most attention to Mary's story than the other Gospels, but what in particular is he trying to convey by recording Mary's "pondering" certain 'revelations' in her heart twice?
If it had appeared just once, or perhaps even in completely separate chapters (or chapter-sized portions of his Gospel, since they were not original to the texts), it would seem a passing detail (albeit still strange enough to be significant, in my opinion), but Luke goes to the pains of recording it twice (and only about Mary, even though in the immediate contexts, the things to be "[pondered]" are not only known or revealed to her, making it seem mas though Luke were conveying something specific about Mary, or the special way in which it related to her:
Luke 2:8-20, 40-52 (DRB)
And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: For, this day, is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God, and saying:
Glory to God in the highest; and on earth peace to men of good will.
And it came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem, and let us see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord hath shewed to us. And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
And the child grew, and waxed strong, full of wisdom; and the grace of God was in him. And his parents went every year to Jerusalem, at the solemn day of the pasch. And when he was twelve years old, they going up into Jerusalem, according to the custom of the feast, and having fulfilled the days, when they returned, the child Jesus remained in Jerusalem; and his parents knew it not. And thinking that he was in the company, they came a day's journey, and sought him among their kinsfolks and acquaintance. And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.
Clearly, St. Luke sees something significant in this otherwise insignificant detail, especially since he specifies Mary specifically each time as the one who does this contemplation. And being the more meticulous/detailed biographer/historian of the New Testament, it's unlikely he would record an insignificant detail such as this twice, each instance so close one to the other.
1) What is Luke telling us, by specifically noting Mary's contemplation, as opposed to everyone's in general (cf. Lk 2:33)?
- If δε in Luke 2:19 is disjunctive, rather than connective, what could this be imply?
2) Could he be making a silent allusion to something else in Scripture (cf. Lk 1:34-35)?
Thanks for any responses in advance!