Then - by his own will
Christ was dependent on Mary.
He was absolutely helpless; he could go nowhere but where she took him; he could not speak, her breathing was his breath; his heart beat in the beating of her heart.
Now - by his own will
Christ is dependent upon us.
Now it is our turn to carry him
to wherever he wants to go, and there are many places to which he many never go unless we take him.
And he cannot speak unless through us,
and his heart be felt except through ours.
Let your faith glow.