Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday Question of the Week . . . Mary, Mother of God

On Easter Sunday I watched a program that consisted of various monologues from various people from Jesus life. On of these characters was Mary, Mother of Jesus. The program presented a Mary who was aware and confident in the person and role that her son was called to play. So this made me wonder did Mary, Mother of Jesus, understand or except the role her son would play in the world? Or did she wish that would keep quite and upset the Jewish authorities?

5 comments:

jim said...

I suspect the following statement of Jesus' in Matt. 12 while Mary and the rest of his family were waiting to speak to him might give us a little clue?

"He replied to him, "Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?" Pointing to his disciples, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother."

I've generally taken this little vignette to mean that Mary and the rest of the family were not too keen about the ministry of Jesus.

Mike Jorgensen said...

Thats true I've always interpreted that passage that way, however the reason she could have been trying to stop Jesus from teaching was out of fear of the Jewish authorities. But even if she was doing it out of fear of the Jewish authorities that still shows us that she didn't full understand Jesus and his power and authority. I believe Mary didn't fully understand who Jesus was (despite what my catholic friend believes)... I think the passage in Mark makes it clear what the family of Jesus believed...


Mark 3:21 And when his family heard it, they went out to seize him, for they were saying, "He is out of his mind."(ESV)

Mark 3: 31 And his mother and his brothers came, and standing outside they sent to him and called him. 32And a crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him, "Your mother and your brothers[b] are outside, seeking you." 33And he answered them, "Who are my mother and my brothers?" 34And looking about at those who sat around him, he said, "Here are my mother and my brothers! 35Whoever does the will of God, he is my brother and sister and mother." (ESV)

Mike Jorgensen said...
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jim said...

I thought there was another passage about Jesus' family, but I couldn't find it. Thanks for pointing it out in Mark 3:21.

Mike Jorgensen said...

I'm pretty sure there is another passagebut i can't remember it either off the top of my head...