Revelation 11:19,12:1-6,10; Psalms 45:10-12,16; I Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56
Early in Matthew’s Gospel, it is written,
“… any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire” (Mt. 3:10).
These strong words of John the Baptist suggest that he is trying to tell us something important about what it means to be a follower of Christ — what it means to be a Christian. How do we make our lives fruitful in this sense? For a definitive answer, we can turn to the First Chapter of Luke’s Gospel and discover the attitude and approach of the most fruitful person of all time: Mary, the mother of Jesus.
According to the New Testament, Mary was a gracious, strong, sensitive woman who can tell us a great deal about life. This peasant girl, probably a teen-ager, from the little village of Nazareth way off in the back country, suddenly hears the startling announcement that she has found special favor with God and that she is to become a mother…
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