Mary became one of Jesus’ followers

Last updated on December 24, 2021

All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and His brothers.” (Acts 1:14)

After Jesus’ resurrection and ascension into heaven, His disciples were together. They were devoting themselves to prayer and awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus.

Luke lists the eleven disciples (since Judas Iscariot had left), and then adds “the women”, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Jesus’ brothers. Whereas Jesus’ brothers had previously abandoned and ridiculed Him, now they were gathering with His closest followers. They had finally recognized that their half-brother was the Son of God!

This is the last time Mary is mentioned in the Bible. Her role as Jesus’ mother was fulfilled. From then on, she was “just” part of this group of disciples. The later Bible writers never mention her by name. Their attention is solely focused on Mary’s Son, Jesus Christ.

Mary is an inspiring example of a humble woman with great faith. We can marvel over the miracle of Jesus’ incarnation in which Mary played a crucial role. But our devotion is reserved for Jesus alone. Let us echo Mary’s song: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior” (Luke 1:46-47).

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