I have often wondered what it must have been like for the Blessed Mother and also for St. Joseph. They were told remarkable things about their Son Jesus. They were told he would save his people from their sins, that he was destined for the rise and downfall of many, that his name would be great and that he was the Son of God. But for all this, they were given very little detail as to how all this would unfold. Perhaps from time to time they wondered, “Did I really hear all that from the angel?….How will all this come to pass?” In the end Joseph and Mary had to walk by faith, not knowing all the details but just trusting that God had it all worked out.
And isn’t it the same for us? I don’t know exactly what the future hold but I do know Him who holds the future. And I trust him. Isn’t that enough? It has to be because God isn’t going to show me the road map. He is just going to say, I am the Way, follow me. Don’t worry where we are going, just follow me.
Here is a video that meditates on Mary’s walk of faith: Mary Did you know?
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It has come to my attention that this song seems to attack the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. “Did you know that your baby boy has come to make you new? This child that you’ve delivered will soon deliver you.”
Note the future tense of these lyrics. It seems to me that Mary was saved at her Immaculate Conception, not at some later date as the song suggests.
Yes, it seems you are right at the temporal level. We do not hold that Mary did not need to be saved but that she was preserved beforehand on account of Christ’s saving act. So she is saved by Christ but in a prevenient sort of way. The words in this song are surely clumsy at best and simply wrong at worst especially insofar as its reference to time goes. cf CCC # 492
Mark Lowry admitted years ago that he wrote the following line of his song as an attack against the Catholic teaching of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION: “This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you.” I have banned it in my church and can in no way advocate the song for Catholics. It is pretty… but be careful of lyrics… Mary was already delivered… as the New Eve, she did know who Jesus was and why he was here. She cooperated in his redemptive work.
Probably too late, but THANK YOU FATHER JOE… What is your full name and Parish?
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