Saturday, 9 May 2015

The Life of Mary

In the Roman Catholic Church, Mother's Day is strongly associated with revering the Virgin Mary. In this post, let us look at what the Bible tells us about the Mother of our Lord.

Mary was a simple Jewish girl from Galilee. She was known for piety during her youth, which is the same time when a messenger from God visited her. 

What was the message? 

Mary was supposed to give birth to a son in her young age, even before she was married! And the child to be born was to become the Savior of the world.

Hesitant at first, Mary obeyed these commands, putting her life and honor at risk. For this obedience and devotion to the will of God, she was to be blessed by all generations. 

She is even revered in the religion of Islam as the mother of Jesus Christ, and a chaste woman.

Her relationship with Jesus was also unique, for although she gave birth to him, He was in fact the savior of the world. She cared for Jesus as His mother, and then gradually recognized His true calling. After Jesus started His ministry, Mary became devoted to the cause as well.

Apart from the troubles of poverty, Mary had to endure the torturous death of her young son on the cross. But even after that, she chose to stay with the disciples He left behind him. The last reference we find of Mary in Bible tells us that she was living with disciples, committed to the cause of Christ (Acts 1:14).

Thus in Mary, we find the example of the ideal women and the ideal mother who accepted her child as a blessing from God and raised him to be perfect in the eyes of God. Jesus loved Mary to the end (John 13:1).

Happy Mother’s Day!