Mary, mother of Jesus: human or angel? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 05 June 2017 13:37

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… `I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. `May your word to me be fulfilled’…” (Luke 1:38, the Holy Bible.).

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WHY IS THE BIBLE SILENT ABOUT MARY’S LINEAGE? Can anyone enlighten me, for the sake of intellectual discussion: why is it that the Bible does not contain any information about the lineage of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior?

If Mary is so important because she was the vessel through which God came to earth to save mankind from their sins, how come there is no mention who her father and mother were, and who her ascendants were?

This is very much different from the case of Joseph, the Israelite who was to become her husband. The Bible in several verses gives a genealogy of Joseph which traces his roots to Abraham, and even directly to God.

And yet, we all know that he was just the foster father, as it were, of Jesus. Mary, who is the direct ascendant of Jesus, was not given the same treatment in the Bible. Why?

Could it be that Mary came directly from heaven, so that she would not be tainted with man’s original sin, so that Jesus, who will be born through her, would not also be tainted with sin? What do you think?

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BIBLICAL REFERENCES TO MARY IN THE OLD TESTAMENT: This is exciting and quite baffling to me, to say the least. Why? Because in the Old Testament of the Bible, there are already clear references to her, although not by her name “Mary” yet.

So the question is: if even in the Old Testament, Mary is already foretold, how come nobody appeared to have become interested to document her family and her ancestors, in a way that would clearly identify her.

I am referring of course to Genesis 3:15, where God the Father, in cursing the serpent which enticed Eve and Adam to sin against Him by disobeying His orders, declared: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and hers…”

Likewise, I am referring to Isaiah 7:14 and, in a way, Isaiah 9:6. Isaiah 7:14 says: “… Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel…”

Isaiah 9:6 says: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace…”

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MARY, MOTHER OF JESUS: HUMAN OR ANGEL? And yet, in Luke 1:28, Mary’s special and anointed role as the woman whom God had chosen is clearly spelled out. Gabriel, “the angel who walks in the presence of God”, told Mary: “… `Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you’…” This part of the Bible tells us that Gabriel went to Mary because God Himself sent him—underscoring once more Mary’s attribute as God’s chosen one.

Certainly, being “highly favored” by God means being highly acceptable to God. Now, my question: why is Mary so highly acceptable to God. And, God being with Mary means Mary has never sinned because God is with her. But, is there a human being who never sinned, especially after the fall of Adam and Eve?

Mary is therefore very special, to man and to God. But, why is it that, despite her being “very special to man and to God”, virtually no account of who she is, where she came from, and who were her ancestors, could be found in the Bible? Could it really be possible that she came directly from heaven, as some Bible passages seem to indicate to me? Comments, anyone?

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