The Virgin Mary

Tim Brown

READ : Luke 1:26-38

“. . . let it be with me according to your word.” (v. 38)

I was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan, in the government project housing that sprang up after World War II. We lived under the shadow of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Everyone in my neighborhood belonged to St. Joe’s; my family did not. We were decent enough people, we just weren’t church people. I did learn some things, however, about my Roman Catholic neighbors. For one thing I learned that they took Genesis 1:28 with the utmost seriousness, as though the fulfillment of that verse hung on their shoulders alone. Genesis 1:28? If you look it up you will understand why there were 32 children living in the first four houses on my block!

I also learned that my Catholic friends and neighbors held the Virgin Mary in the highest possible regard. This is neither the time nor place to work through the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant views of the Virgin Mary. It is, however, the time and place to underline how all of us should agree to honor her. Mary’s response to the Word of the Lord on the lips of the angel Gabriel should be ours. “Let it be with me according to your word . . . “ Is there a better model anywhere of faith and obedience?

PRAYER

Lord, let it be with me according to your Word. Amen.