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Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

August 18, 2018

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? That’s one of those pointless questions that can seem so important at 3am. It’s a bit like the one, “Which came first, God or his Mother?”
Now, Wednesday was the feast of Mary, Jesus’ mother. Which made me think of the title that she is given by the Roman Catholic church, among others; the title of “Mother of God”. Which in turn made the logical part of me ask, “If Mary is the Mother of God; Which came first, God or his Mother?”
It sounds so ridiculous when put like that, but so many of my fellow Christians would call Mary, the Mother of God, even Christians in my own church. But when I think about it, it may not be quite so ridiculous after all.
The logic goes, that Jesus is God, one part of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Jesus is fully God and fully human. His human side came from Mary, who said “Yes” to God. It’s all in Luke chapter one, where the angel Gabriel visits Mary to tell her that God wants her to bear a son for him. After she agrees, but says that it’s impossible because she’s a virgin, and Gabriel tells her,
“The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God.” (Luke 1.35).

So in a sense Mary, as the mother of Jesus, is the mother of God’s only son. To deny that would be to deny the Trinity and to doubt the Bible. Whether or not I’m happy with the phrase “Mother of God”, I do celebrate Mary’s devotion to God, and her role as a loving mother to Jesus. I celebrate the fact that her “Yes” meant that God could come into this messy world and share what it is to be human. In Jesus God is here with me, and all people. Jesus showed that God had not given up on this world and it’s people: All because a young girl called Mary, said “Yes” to an angel, and became the “Mother of God”!
God bless,

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