I just finished writing a blog for my Hispanic lady friends. I don’t think I have mentioned it here, but one of my blogs is especially for women, called DE MUJER A MUJER. In case you have someone that could benefit, this is the address: http://entrecorazones.wordpress.com
I started out thinking about the Marys in the Bible, but then decided on three special ones. As I went along I realized there are more, and I ended up with seven!
Mary, the mother of Jesus
She is the most privileged women of all, to be the mother of the Savior. Her answer to the announcement is worthy for us to follow:
Mary of Bethany,
Martha and Lazarus sister
This is the Mary that exemplifies sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening to his words. When her sister complained that she didn’t get help in the kitchen, Jesus said, “Only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:42).
Mary showed her love with a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume, that she poured on Jesus’ feet, and then she wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume!
Not everybody appreciated her act of sacrificial love. Judas Iscariot complained, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” As we saw, Martha complained to Jesus because Mary didn’t help out in the kitchen and Judas complained because or her generosity. There will always be complainers when we shower our love on Jesus. But He understands and he sees our heart.
This was the Mary that had weathered some storms in her life. How do you think it would feel to have seven demons inside of you? What a relief for her when Jesus cured her! She was one of the women that followed Jesus in his ministry and helped support him out of her own means.
“After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Cuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means” (Luke 8:1-3).
I imagine Mary Magdalene washing Jesus and the disciples’ clothes and cooking meals for them. They even used their own money to go shopping for food! When Jesus’ darkest hour came, there she was by the cross, later standing at a distance, seeing a complete stranger take the body and put it in a grave. After all was said and done, she sat outside the grave. She got spice and went to the grave early Sunday morning, when it was still dark. Her goal was to anoint Jesus’ body. What a surprise when the grave was empty!
This Mary was the first one to meet the resurrected Jesus. And she was the first one to run with the news that Jesus was alive!
Mary, the mother of James and Joses
We don’t know much about this Mary, but she was one of the women, along with Mary Magdalene, that served Jesus in Galilee and followed him to Jerusalem. She was at the grave and she went to anoint his body. The description the Bible give of her is that she “had followed Jesus from Galilee to care for his needs” (Matt 27:55).
What better description can there be of someone, that you follow Jesus and serve him!
Mary the wife of Clopas
The only thing we know is that she was at the cross (John 19:25). She was one of the few brave women who went with her Master to the place of most intense pain. There she was to show her love.
Mary the mother of John
This was the mother of John, also called Mark (Acts 12:12). She is a model for something great we can do with our home: open it up for prayer. When Peter was miraculously freed form prison, he went to Mary’s house “where many people had gathered and were praying.”
Mary from Rome
In Romans 16:6 Paul writes: “Greet Mary, who worked very hard for you.” This is another Mary, a role model. It’s good to work hard, especially when you’re doing it for God’s people.
This is just an outline so to speak. I guess you will have to learn Spanish to read the whole thing. But I’m sure you will agree that these Marys are role models!