All week long we have been honoring great spiritual mothers and the tribute would not be complete without adding Mary, the mother of Jesus. In certain ways, some of the other mothers did more. But I suppose any woman who was the mother of the Messiah, Savior of the world, would be considered great. Great by association you might say.
Still, Mary had greatness in her own right. She had great faith and she had great humility. When the angel announced to her that she would conceive a son by the Holy Spirit, she BELIEVED it was true. That tells me that she was already walking close to God and she could discern spiritual truth.
Next, she was WILLING. She said; “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) No negotiations; no agonizing debate. Simply, “Okay, I’ll do it.” A willing and obedient heart goes a long way in God’s greatness book.
Mary was also great because of her suffering at the foot of the cross. No mother should have to watch their child die such an extreme death but she did not shrink from it. She stood right there until Jesus spoke the words; “It is finished!” (John 19:30) Her heart must have broken. I wonder if she remembered back to the words Simeon the prophet spoke to her at Jesus’ dedication; “Yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also” (Luke 2:35)
The scripture tells us that all generations would called Mary blessed (Luke 1:48b) and so it is down to our own generation. We end the week with honor to one of the great mothers of all time. Happy Mother’s Day!