I have been thinking about Mary, lately. Mary, the mother of Jesus. I have been thinking about the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to a son, but not just any son. She would give birth to the Messiah, “the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32).
In all my days of Catholic school (13 years, in fact), I didn’t give a whole lot of thought to Mary. Maybe it was because, as a Protestant, it was somewhat taboo. Maybe it felt like dangerous ground to think about Mary too much – too close to worshipping her. But I think we Protestants miss out when we ignore Mary, when we don’t pay attention to her story and what she can teach us. And I find that, more and more, I need female role models from Church history to look up to, to learn from. I need examples of strong women who said “Yes” to God, who were powerful in their own time and in their own way.
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