On God’s Mother by Lucy Peppiatt

From the archives: On God’s Mother by Lucy Peppiatt

Female statueOn God’s Mother by Lucy Peppiatt from the Theological Miscellany blog archives, discusses the significance of Mary as a mother in the incarnation of Jesus and how some parts of this are often overlooked for various reasons. She writes:

“When one of my boys was little he announced, ‘I know why God was mean in the Old Testament and nice in the New Testament.’ ‘Why’s that?’ I asked. ‘Because in the Old Testament, he didn’t have a mummy.’ Interesting thought…

Putting aside the problematic OT/NT distinctions, and the fact that it sounds funny to put it like that, that God has a ‘mummy’, he was right in his instincts. I’m sad that I come from a Christian tradition where Mary mostly gets pushed aside, and I’m not entirely convinced that we Protestants have sidelined Mary just because of our zeal for eliminating idolatry… but who knows?

I do know that I’m grateful to have studied theology to find wider and richer traditions, and I know that every Christmas I think of Mary in a particular way, in a way that only another mother can think.

There are some things only a mother knows – childbirth is one of them. It is raw, powerful, emotional, potentially frightening, and awesome. It is exhausting and elating at the same time – and it is kind of icky – but in a way that you just don’t care. There are no squeamish women at a birth, only practical ones, and the mother’s body is the centre of everyone’s attention.

The reality that a messy, bloody, female-centred, bodily birth is at the heart of our salvation story never ceases to amaze me. It doesn’t really surprise me either that it’s always been a problem for some people.

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On God’s Mother by Lucy Peppiatt on the Theological Miscellany blog.