A Blessed Mother                                                      

 

The Roman Catholic Church highly elevated the status of Mary because she was the human mother of Jesus, and calls her the Holy Mother. According to the Bible, Mary was indeed a blessed mother. (Luke 1:42) The blessing she received and her spiritual standing should be evaluated by the revelations of the Bible, rather than the traditions of the Roman Catholic Church.

 

Mary became a blessed mother due to the grace of God¡¦s choice. Ever since our ancestor was tempted to sin by the snake (Satan) and fell from grace, all women had to endure the pain of pregnancy and childbirth. Generations of women in the Old Testament who feared God all held tight to His promise - ¡§The woman(¡¥s) ¡K offspring ¡K will crush your [the snake¡¦s] head.¡¨ (Genesis 3:15) - and hoped that the Consolation of Israel would come from their own womb, thereby fulfilling the promise of God to Man. God chose Mary, rendering her different from all other women, so that she would be pregnant through the Holy Spirit and not by a man. Because the Lord was with her especially (Luke 1:28) and used her body to bear the Son of the Most High, Mary was indeed a woman who was greatly blessed.

 

Mary became a blessed mother because she respected the Lord¡¦s arrangement and submitted to God¡¦s will. According to the moral teachings and laws of the time, it was an unacceptable, indefensible shame for Mary to have become pregnant before marriage. Others would certainly question her virtue, and even her fiancé could not believe her, and planned to quietly divorce her. But the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and told him that all this was from God. Mary obeyed the will of God, and willingly tolerated the misunderstanding of many others for the sake of the Lord. Mary said, ¡§I am the Lord¡¦s servant. May it be to me as you have said.¡¨ (Luke 1:38)

 

Mary became a blessed mother because she had faith in God. The Bible tells us that being blessed through faith comes from the same mold as being justified through faith. God promised Abram, ¡§All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.¡¨ (Genesis 12:3) Abram believed God, and God credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6) ¡§So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.¡¨ (Galatians 3:9) Although becoming pregnant before she was married was a difficult thing for Mary to accept, she believed God (Luke 1:45) just as Abram believed God, and so became blessed among women. She even offered thanksgiving and praises to God, saying, ¡§My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed.¡¨ (Luke 1:46-48)

 

Today is Mothers Day. This writer hopes to use the teachings of Jesus Christ for our mutual exhortation. The blessing we have received is no less than that encountered by Mary. For it is the wonderful grace of God¡¦s choice that we have been saved through grace and have become the children of God. We should be patient and obedient even if we suffer by the will of God. Jesus Christ said, ¡§For whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven is my brother and sister and mother.¡¨ (Matthew 12:50) We should not worship Mary, thinking that she was an exceptional Saint and most blessed because she had been pregnant by God and nurtured the Son of the Most High. Christ said, ¡§Blessed rather are those who hear the Word of God and obey it.¡¨ (Luke 11:28)

 

By: Daniel To