Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Hannah and Mary
Mary's story-Alright, first thing first....Catholics do not worship Mary. They honor her commitment, her sacrifice and her life as the mother of Jesus Christ, but they do not worship her. That is probably one of the most widely held misconceptions about Catholicism. There are volumes that have been written about Mary. For thousands of years the church has put forth views, ideas, decrees, etc about her. For our purposes, I want to keep it simple. Mary is of course the mother of Jesus. And the other day we discussed what she probably had to go through as an unwed pregnant girl. Her famliy, friends and the townspeople probably gossiped and carried on about her. Joseph had his own stuff to contend with as well. But all in all, they made it through and had a child together and raised him to become the Savior of humanity.
There is one verse that Mary utters that shows all of her faithfulness, obedience and sacrifice at once. It's from the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1 vs. 38-- 38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her. Has God called on you lately for a BIG task? Have you been called to ministry? What are you waiting on? The world needs faithful servants to carry out God's purposes.
Posted by Jeremy V. at 8:00 AM