Sunday, May 13, 2012

Even Jesus Considered Mothers Important

We still have more in our "holy week"series on our relationship with God.  But today is Mothers' Day in the US.  So, here are some thoughts I shared earlier on Facebook and Google+:

An interesting thought, this Mothers' Day. Catholics tend to elevate Mary, the mother of Jesus to some splenderous spiritual level. Evangelicals tend to dismiss that with the fact that she's a sinner just like the rest of us. I suspect the truth lies somewhere in between.  Let me explain.

When the angel came to Mary to tell her she was going to carry Jesus, he said she was chosen. Not randomly picked in some heavenly lottery. Chosen! 

There may or may not have been random things to give Mary a clue of Jesus capabilities before the wedding at Canaan. But, if there were, they aren't included in the Bible as being important for us to know. And the wedding was before Jesus started His public ministry. 

So, we see the wedding celebration going on. And they run out of wine. Mary asks Jesus to create more wine. That says several things about the relationship. 

  1. Mary believed Jesus was the Son of God. 
  2. Despite not having seen previous evidence, Mary had faith that not only could He create the wine, but that He would. 
  3. Mary was comfortable enough with her relationship with Jesus that she could ask Him to do that as a favor to her. Even though the favor had to be fulfilled by His godhood and she was mother of His humanity. 
  4. The fact that Jesus complied speaks volumes about His thoughts about His mother. She wasn't as elevated as some would make her, but not as common as others make her, either. She was a mother, specially loved by her Son. 
 Happy Mothers Day!

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