Advent #3: Blessed Mary
How do you feel when you see or hear the words "the blessed virgin Mary?”
Mary is a terrific example of humility and faith for us. She was greatly blessed by God.
It sounds rather Roman Catholic, doesn’t it? And thus it makes many of us feel uncomfortable. However, the three words are scripturally sound.
Her name was Mary. She is spoken of a number of times in the New Testament, from the angel’s message before Jesus’ birth through his ministry and crucifixion, and she was among the 120 disciples who received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Mary was a virgin (Luke 1:27,34; Matt.1:18; Isa.7:14). Her pregnancy was a divine intervention, part of the amazing plan of salvation whereby the eternal Son of God became the human Son of God. We shrink from some of the Roman Catholic declarations about Mary as we feel they go beyond what scripture itself says.
However, we can agree that Mary was indeed blessed in a unique way. Elizabeth said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” (Luke 1:42). Mary was blessed because she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Elizabeth also said, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1:44). Mary was blessed because she trusted God.
Mary said, “From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me” (Luke 1:48-49).
Mary is a terrific example of humility and faith for us. She was greatly blessed by God. We can thank God for her and seek, with God’s help, to practise in our own lives the characteristics she showed in hers.