We Catholics have a special devotion to the Virgin Mary. I guess I don’t quite understand why other Christian religions do not. Mary is an example to us of how to follow God. To start, Mary was a girl when the Angel Gabriel came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28 In the ancient scriptures, no one was described as being “full of grace”, so this was a unique greeting signifying that Mary already had God’s saving grace. I don’t think any of us could be described this way. The second part of the greeting, however, was what biblical figures heard when God had an important job for them, but that God was going to be there to help. Then the Angel Gabriel goes on to say, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”—Luke 1:31-33 Mary was a young girl, betrothed to be married, but still living with her family, not Joseph. So, she’s a young girl she is going to become pregnant, and not only that, with the Son of God! That would boggle the mind of anyone, let alone a girl in ancient Israel. Since she is not living with Joseph yet, she is still a virgin, so this brings this response, “How can this be since I have no husband?” Luke 1:35 Gabriel’s response is, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 This is WAY out of the ordinary and also means she will become pregnant before she has moved in with her husband. In ancient Israel, this would have been a serious offense – Mary could have been stoned for this. So, she is a young girl to whom an angel appeared (he didn’t knock on the door and ask to speak to Mary; he was just there), with an unusual greeting who tells her she will be getting pregnant by the Holy Spirit to the Son of God, of all people and this is going to happen before she is living with her husband. And instead of saying, this is too much for me, I can’t do this, find someone else, she says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 Mary tells the Angel Gabriel, and God Himself, “Yes.” How many of us would have the courage to do this, would have the unwavering faith to believe that God will protect us? It would be very hard, but yet Mary says “Yes”. She is an example to us of how we should respond to God when he calls us for easier tasks. There are more examples of why Mary is so important to Catholics, which I will get into in the next day or two, but this saying “yes” is the most important reason for myself to feel devoted to Mary, Mother of God.
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