Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

95 Theses, #35: Mary

To see the introduction and disclaimers for my 95 Theses, first go to: 95-Theses-Introduction

(Painting: "The Annunciation," by Henry Ossawa Turner, 1898, oil on canvas)

35.) Mary and Humanity’s “Yes” to God- Mary holds a special place within the Christian worldview, representing the ultimate in God’s partnership with the free will of his creation. He made the key point of his plan of redemption hinge on the consent of one of his creatures. And Mary, in giving her Yes to God, in a sense began to undo the tragic No that her forebear Eve had spoken forth by her actions at the beginning of the human race. With that Yes, that moment of humanity’s consent to God, the new creation began in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. In saying Yes to God, we open ourselves up to union with him. Mary’s role seems to be hinted at typologically throughout the OT, and, because of her role in the NT story—that of bearing in her womb the omnipresent God of the universe—she is worthy of the highest reverence. Just as we would revere the Temple or the Ark of the Covenant if we were near them, so we should hold Mary in reverence as the freely-chosen and freely-choosing vessel of God’s presence. We, like Mary, are called to say Yes to God and let Christ form in us.

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