Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Visitation - Maryam, the Ark of God, Carries God Incarnate in Her Womb

In commemorating the visit of the Virgin Maryam to her kinswoman Elizabeth, we are reminded that our Lord Eyesus Kristos was God Incarnate even in the Virgin's womb. Elizabeth cries out, "And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1.43)." This is Scriptural support for the Dogma of the Theotokos, proclaimed in the 3rd Ecumenical Council (431. C.E.).  Eyesus Kristos is "Light from Light, Very God of Very God, Begotten, not made, of one Essence with the Father." This is the Orthodox Tewahido Faith. Maryam represents the Ark of the Covenant. This symbolism is not only held by the Church Fathers, but emphasized in the Kebra Nagast, the Glory of Kings, the national narrative of Ethiopian Christianity.

[1] Praise the LORD!
 Praise, O servants of the LORD,
 praise the name of the LORD!
[2] Blessed be the name of the LORD
 from this time forth and for evermore!
[3] From the rising of the sun to its setting
 the name of the LORD is to be praised!
[4] The LORD is high above all nations,
 and his glory above the heavens!
[5] Who is like the LORD our God,
 who is seated on high,
[6] who looks far down
 upon the heavens and the earth?
[7] He raises the poor from the dust,
 and lifts the needy from the ash heap,
[8] to make them sit with princes,
 with the princes of his people.
[9] He gives the barren woman a home,
 making her the joyous mother of children.
 Praise the LORD!

- Psalm 113 RSV

Hannah also prayed and said,
"My heart exults in the LORD;
 my strength is exalted in the LORD.
 My mouth derides my enemies,
 because I rejoice in thy salvation.
[2] "There is none holy like the LORD,
 there is none besides thee;
 there is no rock like our God.
[3] Talk no more so very proudly,
 let not arrogance come from your mouth;
 for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
 and by him actions are weighed.
[4] The bows of the mighty are broken,
 but the feeble gird on strength.
[5] Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
 but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
 The barren has borne seven,
 but she who has many children is forlorn.
[6] The LORD kills and brings to life;
 he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
[7] The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
 he brings low, he also exalts.
[8] He raises up the poor from the dust;
 he lifts the needy from the ash heap,
 to make them sit with princes
 and inherit a seat of honor.
 For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S,
 and on them he has set the world.
[9] "He will guard the feet of his faithful ones;
 but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness;
 for not by might shall a man prevail.
[10] The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
 against them he will thunder in heaven.
 The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
 he will give strength to his king,
 and exalt the power of his anointed."

- 1 Samuel 2.1-10 RSV

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
[10] love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
[11] Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord.
[12] Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
[13] Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
[15] Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
[16] Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited.

- Romans 12.9-16 RSV

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah,
[40] and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth.
[41] And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit
[42] and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!
[43] And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
[44] For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy.
[45] And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
[46] And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord,
[47] and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
[48] for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
 For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
[49] for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
 and holy is his name.
[50] And his mercy is on those who fear him
 from generation to generation.
[51] He has shown strength with his arm,
 he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
[52] he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
 and exalted those of low degree;
[53] he has filled the hungry with good things,
 and the rich he has sent empty away.
[54] He has helped his servant Israel,
 in remembrance of his mercy,
[55] as he spoke to our fathers,
 to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."
[56] And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

- Luke 1.39-56 RSV

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