There is no such qualification in the Lukan Narrative: "Hail full of grace the Lord is with thee" She is already full of Grace and with the Lord, whereas the Ephesians are still working on it, working it out, and with Paul's prayer. And Mary knows her place too and states: "henceforth all generations shall call me blessed" Luke 1:48. Paul doesn't say this about himself, or others. Only Mary is allowed this proclamation. And of course, before Mary even allows this about herself, Elizabeth witnesses this for us: "Blessed art thou among all woman" singularly identifying our Lady as alone among all women as, well, singularly blessed. And somehow, while I am sure you are very nice, I think the Church is correct in accepting Elizabeth's testimony, after all she was specially qualified giving birth, as she did, to the man who baptised our Lord. As to Mary's sinlessness, well the tabernacle of the Lord, logically, could never be unclean. V's wife.
That's excellent! I often wondered why +Luke elaborated so on the Blessed Mother, and not +John whose charge she was left in.
In Jesus' life there were mysteries, Luke's part was to explain the history of the glorious mystery of His birth in full detail. John's part seems to have been to intellectually convey the mystery of salvation more fully on an almost philosophical level. One recaps the past, one frames the future. This is my ignorant view. V's wife.
posted on 12/09/2005 4:45:46 PM PST
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