As Protestants, and especially as Presbyterians, our tradition is rather awkward around the topic of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Due to the Roman Catholic Church’s adoration and veneration of Mary, our theological tradition’s contribution and collective thoughts about Mary are primarily negative reactions and refutations of the Roman Catholic’s position. That’s understandable but unfortunate.
This Sunday, we reflect on the account of Mary in Luke 1:26-38. It’s such a beautiful and special passage. I encourage you to take some time to read, reflect, and ponder this beautiful and significant moment in history.
This Advent and Christmas, we are considering how this season, along with its biblical truths, impacts our identity (how we think about and see ourselves) and our self-worth (how we feel about and evaluate ourselves). The truth is we tend to be rather tough on ourselves, e.g., we experience more self-disappointment and frustration than peace, joy, and freedom. We focus more on “working on,” “addressing,” and “fixing,” than we do on celebrating, enjoying, and resting. What we need is a more solid and robust understanding and experience of our identities in Jesus. The truth is that we are “in Jesus”! We have been united to him! His life is now our life. His death is our death. And we were resurrected with him! This is the foundation of our identity and self-worth!
The story of Mary is a story of weakness, unimportance, and insignificance. Now those are words that we understand and often experience or dread, right? But because of those self-same things, the story of Mary is also a story of significance, world-changing events, and power!
So as you prepare for Worship this Sunday, and as we all enter into the Advent and Christmas season, take some time to read and reflect on Luke 1:26-38 and marvel at the glory of the incarnation: God entered into this world so that he could be with us!
Yours in Christ’s love,