Good Morning December 19

For centuries the Church has dealt with the issue of what to do with Mary. Protestants complain that Catholics venerate Mary too highly. But then they don’t give her the recognition she should have. Think, for a moment, who she was and what she did. Mary, a girl probably in her mid teens, became pregnant. No big deal in our modern world. It happens all the time, but not in first century Israel. Scripture tells us that Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel, telling her that she was favored by God and that by His Spirit she would become pregnant. Who would believe such a ridiculous story? Mary questioned the angel, but finally said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.”(Luke 1:38) She didn’t know what was ahead. Pregnancy is not something you can hide. She had to live through this in her small close knit Nazareth community. She would be seen as a disgrace to her parents. The wedding to Joseph would be off. Gossip in the community would abound. And she could possible be subject to stoning by the religious authorities. She had no idea what was ahead for her when she accepted the Lord’s will. Her whole world would change, but she was willing to have it so because of her love for her Lord. That is why she is, and should be venerated. Her faith is a challenge to us all.