In the first part, I explained that Marcus Grodi, a convert to the Roman church (RC) and host on The Journey Home, has a list of ten verses that influenced him to consider conversion to the RC. The tenth and final verse is Luke 1:46-49.
Luke 1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
I’ve written on Mary previously, but will add to the conversation. Marcus focuses in on “all generations shall call be blessed.” I have absolutely no problem with the idea in general…all generations, to my knowledge, agree that she was blessed by being asked to carry Jesus, and by the fact that she accepted.
Now, where the major differences come in, is that we protestants (in general) see what else this passage teaches us; Mary was in need of a saviour (“God my Saviour”), that implies she had indeed sinned, for that is what separates us from God and makes it necessary to have a saviour, and that she was just as sinful as the rest of us (“the low estate of His handmaiden”).
There is no implication of the claims that the Roman church makes about Mary. She isn’t referred to here as the mother of the Church (or as the “Mother of God,” though Jesus is indeed God), nor is there any reference to the immaculate conception. Just because we don’t see any evidence for the RC position on Mary, does not mean we dishonor the real Mary.
Marcus acts as though protestants view Mary as being “used” by God and then put to the side. This isn’t the case, Mary modeled proper reaction to God when she agreed to God’s will in faith. The protestant position would actually lend itself to seeing her as a role model in faith. She was just like us; born with a sin nature, yet in this instance she responded in faith.
Jesus backs this idea up quite nicely; Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
As well as; Matthew 12:46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
Note one more time that in verse 50, we are put exactly on par with Mary, as Jesus’ mother, if we do the will of the Father. I see nothing in the Luke chapter 1 verses that supports the RC understanding of who and what they claim Mary to be.
I will be making one final post to wrap up these 10 verses, and list the links to all of them on my blog.