Mary, Mother of Jesus: Ordinary to Extraordinary

When my oldest daughter was in eighth grade, the school had a job fair for them to explore vocations. I was asked to come and talk about my profession as a pharmacist. The students did not have a choice as to which one they attended oddly so I had a captive audience of glassy stares. I gave prescriptions of M & M’s which helped the mood a little. After the presentation, the students were encouraged to ask questions. After a long silence, one of the students decided to go for the popular question, “Who is your hero?”

At the time, I don’t know if I had ever really thought about that question. Jesus immediately came to mind. So I said, “Jesus,” before I could answer any other way. My response surprised me, and probably a few of the students, but I still agree with my answer. Then I said, “My heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary acts every day.” One example I shared was about an airplane that had crashed in the icy Potomac River. One of the survivors was a lady struggling to swim to the shore as people watched. The icy water was going to win. A man on the shore finally jumped in and saved her, risking his own life.

There are times when each of us are compelled to do something for someone in need or for someone we love. The urge is unexplainable and usually very strong. Often without much thought for your own good, you know you must act. On Sunday, our Passion series continues as we look at different people around Jesus during Holy Week. This Sunday we will take a look at Mary, the mother of Jesus. She was a young lady, probably a teenager and not yet married when God asked her to risk her reputation and betrothal to give birth to his holy son. I have a feeling that this was one of those moments when she could not say no if she tried. She knew in her heart the only answer was yes. And as she watched her son die a horrible death, she still would not have gone back to change her mind.

Like Mary, you were born ordinary but that is not the rest of the story…

You are invited to join us for a holy meal on this Sunday too. It is an ordinary meal of bread and juice but somehow it becomes an extraordinary experience where we feel compelled to come and sup with our Lord. Our spirit is led by God’s spirit and this small meal satisfies our souls. It is a beautiful thing!
Come and worship with us in spirit and in truth this Sunday!

Rev. Brenda Smith
Deacon and Director of Family Ministries
602.840.8360 Ext 141

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