Reblogging my Mothers Day essay here at the old address (posted yesterday at Everyday Apocalypse).
Originally posted on Everyday Apocalypse:
Although Mary seems to have entertained a failed christology, it remains to her eternal credit that she did not bring forth a failed Christ.
Like every normal mother, Mary naturally would have cherished her own beliefs and secret hopes about the destiny of her son. Before there were apostles and gospels and councils there was most certainly a mother’s own very early and private interpretation of the Incarnation.
I think Mary’s beliefs about her son represent not only the first human attempt at understanding the Incarnation, but its first serious misunderstanding as well.
But is there any son who has not been both understood and misunderstood by his mother? And what mother does not believe things about her unborn child’s future which are but reflections of dreams that can never come true?
What did Mary believe about the Jewish Messiah? If she saw her son in this role, did it mean to her that his fate was out of his own hands, and already settled by prophecy and apocalyptic? Did Mary hold…
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