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We can't have Christ or Christmas without Mary

Chris Illsley - Saturday, December 23, 2017

Mary Mother of God
Holy Virgin, by God's decree, you were called eternally;
that he could give His Son to our race. Mary, we praise you, hail full of grace.

Nothing is impossible to God
(Matthew 19:26, Luke 1:37, Mark 10:27, Zechariah 8:6, Jeremiah 32:17;27, Job 42:2, Genesis 18:4)
I am contradicting my own statement by saying actually, you could have Christ without Mary because God can do anything. Jesus could have appeared instantly in the Roman province of Judea as a 30 year old man and set straight off on his mission. Yet, God ordained that a human being would help him, so he could enter the womb and become a baby that has to be looked after, taught things and grow up. God ordained that a human being was to take part in the incarnation. The question becomes why?

  • 1. you could contribute it to the nature of a God who is willing to humble Himself in such a way.
    2. you could also say that God in the Word by humbling himself this way takes part in every facet of human existence. Not that God doesn't know what the human condition is, but the incarnation of God by this method is truly human, so he is truly our brother and not just the Divinity appearing out of thin air in a human form. Jesus Christ is true God, and true man.
    3. the incarnation happens this way as pre-ordained fulfilment of prophecy given at the very beginnings of creation in Genesis, chapter 3:15 'and I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel'. (Douay Rheims Bible) 
    just as Christ is the New Adam (Romans 5:12-18), Mary by her obedience to God unties the knot of disobedience created by Eve, and in so doing becomes the New Eve. (Source Ireneus)  

Ark of the Old Covenant
The Ark of the Old Covenant

Made of setim wood (an incorruptible acacia), it was overlaid with purest gold, and a golden crown around it. Gold is a symbol of purity. God even ordains the Ark should not be touched (Numbers 4:4-6, 15-20). God was precise with keeping the Ark pure. Would he not also make sure the Ark of the New Covenant (Luke 22:20) which carried the incarnation be pure and worthy of his indwelling presence as well? (source

In the Old Testament as a sign of the divine mystery present in the midst of Israel, the pillar of smoke and fire (the Shekinah Glory), hovered over the Ark of the Covenant (Ex 40:35), in the New Testament the shadow of the Most High envelops & penetrates the tabernacle of the New Covenant, the womb of Mary. 'The angel answered, 'The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God'. (Luke 1:35). As the Ark of the New Covenant (Hebrew 12:24) she is seen in Heaven (Revelation 12) as the dragon, seeks to make war (enmity) with the rest of her seed. (source 

Magnificat Prayer My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour
In Luke 1:46-55, Mary proclaims the Magnificat. Because Mary says ‘my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour’ some have argued Mary couldn’t be without sin, if she was, she wouldn’t need a saviour. Mary, like any other human being did indeed need a saviour. It is God Almighty who ‘saves’ her from the stain of original sin, a grace uniquely granted to her. How can Mary be the ‘Handmaid of the Lord’ (Luke 1:38), worthy to carry the deity, if she was a stained tabernacle?

Hail Mary'God has formed the soul and body of the Virgin Mary
full of the Holy Spirit, so that she is without all sins'
Martin Luther's Works (vol 52, pg 39)

We are told to judge a tree by its fruit (Matthew 7:16-18, Luke 6:43-45). Mary is a tree that restores life to humanity, because the fruit from this tree is blessed. 'In a loud voice she exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!' (Luke 1:42). The Saviour himself announces that unless we eat of this fruit we will not have everlasting life (John 6:53-55). This is exactly why you cannot have Christ without Mary.

By Mary's consent the Divinity is conceived in her womb by the Holy Spirit, it may sound rude to reduce the incarnation to human genetic processes, because we know it is more than that, however it is true to say that an egg from Mary's ovaries became fertilised. There is a beautiful wonder to be discovered in this. The DNA of the body of Jesus is completely provided by his mother. At the moment of an egg's fertilisation a baby's genetic make-up is complete, including its sex (and who says that life doesn't begin at conception. You could even say that Jesus is also Immaculately conceived, but in a different meaning that what is applied to the Blessed Mother).

The Holy Family
The God of the impossible appears

Since a mother can provide only X chromosomes (she is XX), if a Y sperm fertilises the egg, the baby will be a boy (XY), if an X sperm fertilises the egg, the baby will be a girl (XX). In yet another glorious mystery of the incarnation, Mary provides the physical matter needed to form a human being, but she cannot provide what determines the gender of the child. But with God, all things are possible, and by the Holy Spirit overshadowing Mary like the Ark in the Old Covenant, an impossible event becomes possible (because there is no sperm used) and yet within 24 hrs the egg begins dividing into many cells that will eventually form a human male child. (Source webMD)

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The Ark of the New Covenant now contains exactly what was in the Old Ark. The Word of God (Ten Commandments), the Bread that comes down from Heaven (the Manna from the desert) and the Eternal High Priest (the staff of Aaron - High Priest). The contents of the Ark of the New Covenant however are complete perfection, 3 in 1, and yet one and the same, God himself, Immanuel. Yes, God is truly with us. Blessed be God, Blessed be his Holy Name, Amen.

By Chris Illsley

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