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Mary's "Yes" - Thought for Now, June 3, 2020
June 3, 2020, 12:00 PM

The Feast of the Visitation of Mary, the Blessed Mother, to Elizabeth is usually celebrated on May 31.  Because it is one of my favorite scripture stories, I took some liberties and transferred the celebration to today.  Some Anglicans and Episcopalians don’t quite know what to do about Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  There are some people in our traditions who try to push Mary to the side.  After all, some of these folks say, Marian devotion is too Roman Catholic.  For other people, myself included, honoring Mary is an important part of our Christian faith.  For centuries, Marian thinking has been focused on Mary’s humility and lowliness.  In my faith, however, Mary is a radical woman.  Mary’s “Yes” initiated a new period of God’s relationship with humanity.  Mary’s “Yes” opened the way for Christ’s birth and the building of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.  Mary’s “Yes” proved God’s preferential option for the poor and God’s desire for the ways of the world to turn upside down.  We need only listen to the words Mary shares with her kinswoman, Elizabeth, to appreciate how Mary understood the role of the child in her womb in changing the world.  The child Mary will bear will usher in a new creation, one in which the mighty are cast down from their thrones and the lowly are lifted.  I can think of few better models of our faith than Mary, the Blessed Mother, especially in times like these.  Mary draws strength from her faith in God to face down unjust social structures and risks giving birth to the Messiah – the One who will turn the world around. 

Questions for Reflection:

  • How does Mary fit into your faith life?
  • When have you said “Yes” to God? 
  • How can Mary’s radical faith strengthen you to change the world?

Collect for the Day:

Father in heaven, by your grace the virgin mother of your incarnate Son was blessed in bearing him, but still more blessed in keeping your word: Grant us who honor the exaltation of her lowliness to follow the example of her devotion to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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