Thursday, December 23, 2010
The third and most moving episode showed the rejection that Mary faced when she chose to accept God's message and receive the implanted Son of God into her womb, and even more significantly into her life. 'I am the Lord's servant' Mary said 'may it be to me as you have said'. From that moment she faced the hostility of all within her community, to the point of being threatened with stoning (in the televised version). Most difficult of all would be the response of her parents who believed her to be pure and devout and would never receive the comfort of the angelic visitor in a dream that Joseph was to see. He too, is portrayed as facing a great dilemma when his betrothed young wife to be became pregnant despite their own resolve to remain virgins before marriage. Mary found herself out in the cold. The stark reality check of choosing to obey God's will and go God's way came as a cold dose of frightening price-paying.
What a wonderful example she set us! How much she deserves our admiration? More than that, her difficult choice with its cost and pain has brought so much into our world, our lives and our eternity. Without her willingness to obey God we would still be in our sins without hope and without God in the world. Thank you Mary, and thank you Lord for breaking into our frozen wilderness with your love and your saving power. And thank you too BBC One for bringing it to our screens.