St Mary.

posted by: Alan Vine | on: Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 13:09


St Mary

St Mary

With the exception of Jesus, Peter, Paul and John we probably know more about the Virgin Mary than almost everyone else in the New Testament. We know her husband Joseph, we know her cousin Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah and regularly in church services we sing Mary’s Song of Praise, the Magnificat, which is taken from Luke’s gospel 1:46-55.

We know that Mary and Joseph dedicated baby Jesus in the temple to be blessed by Simeon and as soon as Simeon took Jesus in his arms he praised God saying the words we know so well as the Nunc Dimittis (Luke 2:29-32). We know that they visited the temple in Jerusalem when Jesus was 12 for the festival of the Passover. On their way home they realised that Jesus was no longer with them so they returned to the temple and found him sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking questions.

At the wedding in Cana it was Mary who was aware what Jesus was capable of when she persuaded him to turn the water into wine. We know that she walked from Nazareth to Capernaum with her other children to visit Jesus and we know that she was present at the crucifixion.

Catholic tradition teaches that Mary was without sin. Protestants believe that only Jesus was sinless. Catholic tradition teaches that Mary was perpetually a virgin while most Protestants believe that Mary had children with Joseph after the birth of Jesus. There is no evidence in the Bible that Mary was without sin and is a matter of church tradition. The perpetual virginity of Mary is called into question in St Matthew’s Gospel 1:25 which tells us that Joseph “had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son”.- By Alan Vine


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