Some posters have recently suggested that Mary, Mother of GOd, did not know that Jesus was divine. This bothered me, as it seems to me, that Mary’s action at the wedding feast point toward her faith in her son.
Last night as I was praying the rosary and concentrating on the joyous mysteries, it suddenly hit me that Mary would have had to be a complete idiot not to have known that her son was also the Son of God. Think about these events in her life:
1 an angel visits her and informs her that she will give birth to a son of the most high. In the KJV the angel specifically says the Son of God. Luke 1:35 If she didn’t believe that Jesus was divine then how would she explain her pregnancy when she, herself, says that she was a virgen.
- The Holy Spirit over shadows her in the same verse. Can you imagine what that must have been like. There have been moments when I have truely felt God and been moved to tears. I can’t imagine what such a direct experience must have been like for her.
3.Her relative Elizabeth is filled with the HOly SPirit and calls Mary, the Mother of my Lord. If Mary had not accepted the fact that she was going to give birth to the Son of GOd, then Elizabeth’s greeting would have seemed misplaced. Especially considering that Mary was younger and unmarried.
The wise men visiting her son. Let’s face it, wealthy men don’t just go around visiting poor, peasant women in stables and give their children expensive gifts. At this point, she must have been pretty dense not to realize that her son was holy.
the visit of the shephereds. It says in the bible that the shepherds told people about the visits of the angels. I doubt that they would have neglected to inform Mary. In fact verse 2 of chapter 2 in Luke seems to indicate that she was told.
SImon and Ana. Two wise people recognized that Jesus was the Messiah. Neither of them kept this secret. Ana in verse 38 of Chapter 2(still Luke) spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem,
this isn’t part of the joyous mysterious but fits in with Mary’s knowledge. Joseph’s dreams. Surely, her husband spoke of his dreams and explained why they were fleeing to Egypt. Let’s face it, kings don’t normally go around hunting down the sons of peasent girls unless they see them as a threat.
I think that most Protestants don’t doubt that Mary had faith in her son. I attended a fundamentalist church and never heard such a denial until I came on these boards and debated certain posters. I was just curious as to how anyone could logically claim that Mary did not believe in her son, after reading such passages in the bible.