Luke 1:43 – December 21, 2021

And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? Luke 1:43 NABRE                

As Gabriel informs Mary she will be the mother of God’s Son, Gabriel also explains Elizabeth, Mary’s relative, thought barren is with child for six months. This news touches Mary, feeling a closeness to Elizabeth in this mutual instrument of God moment, she travels to Elizabeth to help in her final months of pregnancy. As Mary arrives the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy and Elizabeth greets Mary with a word of recognition the fruit of her womb is blessed. Elizabeth then asks how does it happen that Mary would visit, only she refers to Mary as the “mother of my Lord.” In the Hebrew Scriptures the word Lord is typically the title used for the Davidic king. In the Spirit, Elizabeth recognizes Mary bears her king, the Messiah, the one who is to come. Often in the Hebrew Scriptures, the Hebrew name for God, Yahweh is often translated as Lord and thus far in Luke’s gospel the word has referred to the Lord God. This announcement of Elizabeth is obviously inspired in some way, through her speaking or the Spirit involved in writing the gospel. When the Nativity story is told people will know Mary carries a special child, she is the mother of God. 

There is a second connection to the Hebrew Scriptures, we read King David saying, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” (2 Samuel 6:9) The Ark of the Lord contains the Two Stone Tablets Moses receives from God and is seen as the presence of God. We infer a reference to Mary carrying the presence of God and possibly the new Ark of the Covenant. Luke is telling the conception and birth story in such a way the reader is convinced it is the story of the birth of God incarnate.

What are your thoughts on the Christmas story? What is your view of Mary?

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