The Word Among Us

October 2006 Issue

Blessed Are You

Portraits of Mary in the Gospels

Ever since the third century, when efforts were made to meld the four gospels into one, the church has insisted on maintaining the separate integrity of each account of the good news. The gospels were written at different times for different communities, and though they all present the same revealed truth of salvation through Christ, each one tells the story in a unique way, highlighting a different aspect of the gospel and of Jesus himself.

Just as the gospels differ in their accounts of Jesus, they also give us different portraits of his mother, Mary. Mark portrays her in terms...

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