15th August – 11th Sunday After Trinity

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Blessed Virgin Mary

Gospel: Luke 1. 46-55

On this Sunday we remember an amazing person in the Bible, Mary the mother of Jesus. We remember Mary as we recollect some events in the New Testament.

Mary lived in a small village in Galilee called Nazareth and when she was still young, angel Gabriel visited her and announced to her that she has found favour with God and that she is going to receive a responsibility. A responsibility that is going to radically alter her life.

It is of huge significance because she is only betrothed to Joseph and not yet married. She has been chosen to bear the son of God in her womb. No one will dare to do it but Mary said yes, let it be so according to God’s word.

Years later, Mary, Joseph and others had travelled from Galilee to Jerusalem for their religious pilgrimage and as they returned home Mary realises that Jesus is not there in the crowd. Mary comes running back to Jerusalem in search of the son she had to care. There she found Jesus in the temple talking to theologians.

Jesus grew up and began his ministry, he was so radical and powerful and many began to oppose him and attack him. People called him names, some said that he has gone crazy, some said that he is possessed by the devil. Mary’s heart could not bear her son’s image so tarnished. She tries to stop him, but could not as Jesus was determined to do what he had come to do..

We then see her at the foot of the cross, her son the precious child of God she bore in her womb is tortured and is crucified on the cross, there he was bleeding to death. Angel Gabriel had told her, ‘He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’

Here she was at mount Calvary, watching her son suffer and die. She must have wondered if this is the end, is this all what intended to do?

We find Mary once again in the first chapter in the book of Acts. She was keeping the disciples together, trusting in the words of Jesus that something wonderful and great is going to happen. Mary stayed with the disciples in Jerusalem waiting for a new beginning. She knew deep in her heart that the cross was not the end.

Mary is a great inspiration for us helping us to accept responsibility for the good of others, she inspires us to believe that the end will be a new beginning.