Luke 1:31 – December 8, 2020

Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. Luke 1:31 NABRE           

Luke shares a story he must have heard from Jesus earthly mother, Mary. An angel appears to her and tells her she has found favor with God, she will conceive and bear a son and He shall be named Jesus. This begins the story of God incarnate, walking among humanity, telling of the Father and all God’s love for His children. Mary’s role is pivotal as God wanted Jesus to be fully human as well as divine, which is one of Mary’s contribution to the child. God sends the Holy Spirit upon Mary and she conceives Jesus miraculously. There isn’t much about Mary in the gospels, the majority of her story is told around the conception and birth of Jesus. Mary along with Joseph her husband, Jesus’ foster father, welcome Jesus into the world and raise Him. We hear one story about Jesus at age twelve but otherwise Jesus remains silently in His family until age thirty when he begins His public ministry. Joseph is no longer around when Jesus begins His public ministry and we presume he passed away before Jesus begins to minister. Mary remains with Jesus and is seen throughout much of Jesus’ public ministry even being present at the cross during His crucifixion. 

Scripture says little about Mary after Jesus’ resurrection other than to say she remains close to the Apostles until Pentecost. We surmise she shared Jesus early life stories with the gospel writers otherwise we wouldn’t have them to celebrate. She is seen as a model Christian, her obedience to God and presence in Jesus ministry examples of perfect service. It would be nice to know more about her so we could live more like her. She is certainly a model for all mothers, and we look to her with admiration.

How would you react to being Jesus’ parent? What can you learn from your mother?

Scripture says little about Mary after Jesus' resurrection other than to say she remains close to the Apostles until Pentecost. It would be nice to know more about her so we could live more like her. She is certainly a model for all mothers. Click To Tweet

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