Blessed, rather…

11:21 AM   //   by Emily Garrett Peña   //   Blog  //  No Comments

As Jesus was saying these things, a woman in the crowd called out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and nursed you.” He replied, Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
Luke 11:27-28

As they’ve gotten to know each other, through English classes and Bible study and quality time, the two women have formed a relationship of trust.  One of them is tall, fair, English.  The other is short, dark-skinned, Colombian.  One studied in University to become a teacher.  The other learned a trade as a ceramist, but now sells jerseys by the stadium.  They both enjoy learning.

The Englishwoman is a devout follower of Jesus Christ, dedicating her time to help others know Him as well as improve their living circumstances.  The Colombian is a devotee of the Virgin Mary, crediting her with having saved her youngest child’s life, as well as her own.  Time and again in their conversations, the topic of Mary has come up.  This is typical in conversations between Catholics and Evangelicals here.  Mary seems to be the biggest “sticking point,” almost impossible to get beyond.

On this particular day, though, the Englishwoman watched as Holy Spirit moved, opening up the conversation.  She had been studying about the Catholic belief of Mary as the “Queen of Heaven,” and its roots in ancient idolatry.  Her Colombian friend asked, exasperated, “What’s the problem with Mary?  I don’t see what the big deal is!”

“Jesus never instructed his followers to worship his mother.”  And her English friend was able to take her to Scripture, to let her read for herself, and let Holy Spirit do His job: convicting of sin and unbelief.  Later, they read in the book of Revelation about how a woman who caused others to commit idolatry would be cast down, together with those who were her devotees.

“Well, I guess I’m going to have to change the way I think,” expressed the Colombian friend as she considered all that she had read. Virgin_Mary_carries_Jesus

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