Revised; originally published on 2 January 2015
Video: “Hail Mary Gentle Woman, sung by Angelina (EWTN),” Angelinasings, 15 May 2008, https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=85tfBBmbuMc ..
I’ve been thinking about the Bible doctrine that Mary was a Virgin and also the Mother of God. I wondered what application it might have for all women. An idea came to me during the church service yesterday.
In the traditional way of thinking of the Virgin Birth, of course, Mary, a woman who had known no man, was blessed by the Holy Spirit and gave birth to the Son of God. Well if we take it this way, then this might imply that sexuality and Divinity are opposites.
But to look at the conception in terms of women everywhere, the notion that Mary, a young unmarried woman, conceived a child who was the Son of God, could offer a benediction to all unwed mothers. To read that the Angel said to Mary, that her child would be great and would be called the Son of the Most High, might help us understand that all children, regardless of the circumstances of their birth, deserve love and respect, and are capable of feats of great courage and great worth in the world.
The crux of the issue seems to lie in whether Mary was an unwed mother, or whether this was truly an Immaculate Conception. But maybe, in either case, we could say that conception is an immaculate event. That all mothers are blessed with God’s love. That childbirth is one of God’s greatest miracles. That all children are children of God. And this is the conclusion I draw from the story of Mother Mary, whose solid, steadfast, blue white light imbues all those who revere her.
In love, light and joy,
Video: “Hail Mary, Full of Grace, by Sacred heart, 26 March 2007, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlpG0NqkL5o ..
Luke 1:26-38: The Birth of Jesus Foretold
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26 “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.
37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” And the angel departed from her.”
Matthew 1:18-21: The Birth of Jesus (excerpt)
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18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars
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