Mary in Mark's Gospel
In Mark’s gospel, the references to Mary are: Mark 3:31-35, the family of Jesus visit him ,6:1-6, Jesus is rejected at Nazareth; Mary is not mentioned by name in this painful incident, but she was almost certainly there.
Mark places Mary in the epicenter of her family. One of his stories reflect on Mary’s visit when she visited Jesus when he was teaching across the country. Mark places Mary firmly at the centre of her family. One of his stories tell of a visit she and her family made to Jesus when he was preaching. ‘A crowd was sitting around him, and they said to him “Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you”.Mark 3:31-35
Mary is shown as the leader of the pack , and the matriarch of the family. Mary’s personality was confident , charisamiatic and compassionate. The members’ of Jesus’ family didn’t completely understand his position in the family. Mark showed that Jesus reset the limitations of family involvement. He displayed how Jesus was trying to get his teachings to more and more individuals. He accepted several individuals into his ‘family’ . Mark was indiciating that members of communities need to operate as tight knit families , and work with eachother instead of against. Women were clearly a part of the new version of famiy that Jesus proposed.
Mary in Luke's Gospel
Luke’s gospel contains stories not found in the other gospels. In Luke’s gospel, the references to Mary are: 1:26-38, the Annunciation, 1:39-56, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth,2:1-7, the birth of Mary’s son Jesus,2:21-38, Mary takes Jesus to the Temple,2:41-52, Mary and Joseph lose Jesus during a visit to Jerusalem,4:16-30, Jesus is rejected at Nazareth ,8:19-21, the family of Jesus visit him during his ministry.
In the gospel written by Luke , Mary was a replica of what a follower of Jesus should be and represent. This included being devoted to God , having faith , cooperation with Jesus , and holding no sin back. She was a very realistic figure , experiencing the woes of caring for a child such joy and stress.
Mary promised to marry a young man who we know as Joseph. Joseph was a domestic industry worker. He worked with stone , copper , metal , and wood for use in several industries. Mary’s life wasn’t normal. In this gospel written by Luke , Mary was visited by an ‘angel’ that came to her , telling her that she would be birthing a Son of God. What Luke meant by angel is unknown. He just knew that this action was God’s will. This event was called a proclamation. 'The angel said to her “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus”.’ Luke 1:26-38
Mary became pregnant , without sexual intercourse. Being unmarried , and pregnant out of wedlock was extremely trying in the ancient society , much more difficult that it is today in our modern society. Any bad action was reflected on the entire tribe or group....