The December 12 special on CNN The Two Marys examines the mother of Jesus, recounting/questioning the scandal of her pregnancy, painting her as a “13-year-old girl”, even mentioning the Koran’s version that the birth took place, not in a Bethlehem stable, but in the desert under a palm tree while Gabriel protected her. It maintains that Christian reverence of her essentially “turned [her] into a goddess.”
It’s easy to see, just from watching a few minutes of EWTN or seeing “The Passion of the Christ,” that the Catholic church still venerates her to an extraordinary degree.
Not too many years back, Kenny Rogers and Wynonna Judd wondered: “Mary, Did You Know?”
Something about her character fascinates and tempts the creation of myth and legend about her.
Maybe it’s her willingness to be subject to God’s will; her simple humility.
Even when predicting the attention she would receive in the generations to come, she gave God all the glory … and spoke of herself as His servant.
Not long after Gabriel told her that her Child’s kingdom would last forever, she visited her cousin Elizabeth and sang (Luke 1:41-55):
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me – holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”
Even if we’re a little confused about her identity, she knew who she was.