Publisher: dwinger Volume No. 2 Issue No 38 Date Sep. 22, 03
Have you ever given much thought about the Virgin Mary? A young girl, maybe even a teenager, entrusted with the care and raising of the Son of God.
I really hadn’t given Mary much thought before I started investigating the Catholic Church. In fact, I was under the mistaken assumption that Catholics worshiped Mary. Mary proclaims in Luke that generations will call her blessed for all ages. I had never done this until becoming involved in the Catholic faith where she is known as the Blessed Virgin Mary (as well as many other titles.)
Try and put yourself in Mary’s shoes. Here she is a young girl. (No doubt she is a very devout and humble servant of God.) An angel appears and tells her that; “she has found favor with God.” He then goes on to tell her that, “she will conceive and bear a son and that his name will be Jesus.” Mary seems to ask calmly how all this will happen, and the angel explains, “the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Does Mary seem scared or even apprehensive? No, instead she says, “May it be done according to your word.” Mary said, “yes” to Jesus, and He came and lived inside her. That just seems incredible to me. I am sure it is a special feeling to have a baby growing inside of your womb, and the feeling life inside of you. I wonder what Mary thought about when the baby moved or kicked. How many times do you think she thought about what the angel had told her? How many people could she confide this special experience to. It was just like God to give her a special friend and mentor like Elizabeth who also had a special miracle living inside her womb.
I have never been a mother, but for some reason I think mothers pray for their children even before they’re born. I can’t help but think that Mary prayed for that tiny life that she was entrusted with. God blessed Mary greatly, but I believe Mary blessed God also when she said, “yes” to Him. She practically said, “Here I am God, do with me as you wish.” And He came and lived inside her and became a helpless child under her care.
What’s even more amazing is that we can all say “yes” to God, and He will come and live inside us just like He did the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.