Mary (9)

Madonna on Floral Wreath by Peter Paul Rubens with Jan Brueghel the Elder, c. 1619

These (the apostles) all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.

Acts 1:14.

The dying Lord had commended His mother to the care of His disciple John. So she surely heard the news of His resurrection very quickly. She is, however, not mentioned in the reports of events that took place before Jesus’ ascension to heaven. But immediately afterwards we find Mary at prayer together with the apostles. The Lord’s brothers, once described as unbelieving, were also present. The risen One had actually appeared to one of them personally, James (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:7). What a blessing it was for Mary to be one with those who had previously caused dissension in the family through their unbelief!

Shortly afterwards Mary was to experience something even greater: the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the founding of the church. She had been graciously privileged to bear the Saviour as the “fruit of her womb” (Luke 1:42). Mary thus had a share in the blessed promise fulfilled in Christ: “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfilment of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).

A woman had once praised Mary because she was the mother of the Messiah. But Jesus had responded, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:27.28). His answer indicates the fellowship of all who, like Mary, by constantly hearing the Word of God, live by faith.

Image: By Peter Paul Rubens –, Public Domain,