At Catholic Mass, Lc 1,39-56 is read. Maria encounters her cousin Elizabeth. who has John the Baptist in her womb.
Pope Francis talked about Marys’s humility and made me think about Jesus’ relation to women, his mother, Marta mong others.
Despite Jesus talks about God, his father.
Pope Luciani (John paul 1) said once
“God is more mother than father.
This is why a mother brings us closer to God”
I wrote about this in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/about-god/#viola and in http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/god/#bible
All historical facts (the story of Jesus in the temple) say that Jesus was a man. But his reasoning and attitude toward women, led me to give the provocative title to this post.
( N:B. The Bible texts are taken from
Gospel texts below are copied from christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )
Luke 1,39-56 says:
1:39 Mary arose in those days and went into the hill
country with haste, into a city of Judah,
1:40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.
1:41 It happened, when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, that the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
1:42S he called out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
1:43 Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
1:44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came into my
ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy!
1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord!”
1:46 Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord.
1:47 My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
1:48 for he has looked at the humble state of his handmaid. For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.
1:49 For he who is mighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him. 1:51 He has shown strength with his arm. He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
1:52 He has put down princes from their thrones. And has exalted the lowly.
1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things. He has sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy,
1:55 As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and his seed forever.”
1:56 Mary stayed with her for about three months, and then returned to her house.
Are Mary from the tribe of Judah and Elizabeth,
the mother of John the Baptist, related?
Luke 1:5 says:
“There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth”
Elizabeth was of the “daughters of Aaron” (Luke 1:5, (that is, descended through Moses’ brother, Aaron, from the Jewish tribe of Levi (Exodus 6:20) (one of the twelve sons of Jacob, or Israel)), while Mary was from the tribe of Judah (one of Jacob’s other sons, as well as Levi’s full brother, since they had the same mother and had descended from Judah through David. (Source: ebible.com)
The Greek term ‘syngenis, simply means “relative” (NKJV, NASB, NIV) or “kinswoman” (ASV, RSV). It is a general term, meaning ‘of the same family.’ Thus, Mary and Elizabeth may have been first cousins, or they may have been fourth cousins. All we know for sure is that they were kin.
I made myself this genealogy tree:
I find that Jesus indeed was cousin of John the Baptist.
1:56 Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house.
this fact is one base on which many speculates that Jesus was born in September
Pope Francis focused on the humility of Mary. The adjective Humble comes from Latin humus “earth,” God God rewards humility, not richdom, knowledge, and big mouths.
How difficult isn’t it to be humble especially when one humiliates you. Pope Francis made me think about this. Next time I am humiliated, I must do my best to control myself. The reading of today made me update http://www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/god/
With his speech I got to know about Pope Lucianis speech that got me back on my thoughts why God is depicted as a man.
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