Through her the protevangelium had been fulfilled this night, the first gospel oracle, spoken in God’s own voice, “the seed of the woman” who would one day have victory over evil itself.
the wonderful mystery of Your infinite and eternal Being becoming the only-begotten Son of God overwhelms us with awe. To You belongs all glory, honor, wisdom, power, and praise.
The word “blessed” meant “divine joy and perfect happiness.”
Mary received Gabriel’s message with humble, willing faith in God, and indeed, she was among the first to see God in the flesh.
How often must Mary have sung her Magnificat to her tiny son, as His lullaby? How often did she remind Him of Who His Father truly was, and Who He truly was? Now as a grown man, the Lord fulfilled the destiny His mother had lovingly and faithfully raised Him up in.
As you and I meditate on these words, let us think about the names all heaven and earth gave to this tiny, vulnerable baby, Who is God the Son.
I read a book a while ago called, Where Is God When Bad Things Happen? Written by Luis Palau. As you can imagine from the title, the author talks about the traumas and tragedies that you and I experience in life, and why God seems to allow them. Where was God? What was God doing? What is God doing? That’s what Martha and Mary were wondering in this story, and probably Jesus’s disciples, too.
In this twenty minute talk, we’ll first follow Mary through the years she was a student and supporter of Jesus, then we will spend most of our time in the Garden with Mary at Christ’s empty tomb, and end with a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the Body of Christ.
After John's chiasm come seven vignettes that describe the crucifixion of Christ. This is the segue.
Jesus received from Martha that night, and he received from Mary. Both worshiped in their ways, giving the Lord a rare blessing. In their working together, supporting each other, Martha and Mary’s love and honor to Jesus was multiplied.