Holy Mary?

Posted: December 13, 2014 in thought to ponder

There are two things that we can look at when we study Mary in the context of the Filipino setting. A lot of people would view Mary, the mother of Jesus as (a) Holy and (b) Virgin. Here are some things we should consider.

#1 Mary is NOT holy.

Luke 2:22-24 says…
22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Here, we clearly see Mary offering two pigeons as a sin offering according to the law of Moses in Leviticus 12:8.That’s where the whole idea of two turtledoves of 12 days of Christmas comes in. The point is this, Mary offered sin offering, that in itself acknowledges that she is a sinner.

#2 Mary was not a virgin forever. She had sons and daughters.

Calling Mary as THE VIRGIN MARY seems weird. Ever called a woman “virgin” after she gives birth to a number of kids? In fact, the writer of James and Jude are both half-brothers of Jesus.

Matthew 13:55-56 states…
“Is not this the carpenter’s son? Is not His mother called Mary, and His brothers, James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? 56 “And His sisters, are they not all with us?

So with the two arguments presented, we can say that Mary is not (a) Holy nor is she a (b) virgin forever.

Hope this clears up some things about Mary.


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