St. Mary, Mother of God – Homily 1

Homily by Rev. Mason T. Beecroft, 08/15/2010

Submission. The word alone makes us cringe. As modern, enlightened, prideful people, the idea of submission is reserved for dog training. Dogs submit to their masters. We do not submit to other people. Submission is not an appropriate word for our relationships. At least not for progressive, educated people. Some six years ago, when I presided at my sister’s wedding in Virginia Beach, I based my homily on Ephesians chapter five, where St. Paul writes, submit “to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” For ten minutes, I attempted to encourage my sister and brother-in-law to submit to one another as Christ submitted Himself for us. Our Lord Jesus Christ, being in the very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, and yet He submitted Himself to death for our sake, even death on the cross. The submission of Christ for sinners was a submission of love and service, it was not an authoritarian, autocratic, dog-training submission. No. Christian submission is one of love for the sake of neighbor. Still, the word “submission” plugged the ears of my sister’s friends. After the wedding, they approached my sister and brother-in-law, shocked that her brother would use such antiquated, pre-historic language and categories. I was a woman-hating, low brow caveman. I was an unenlightened, dull, imbecile. Never mind the inseparable connection of submission with the love of Christ for sinners. Utter the word, and the modern, prideful, arrogant, evolved person shrink back in horror. Submission belongs to dogs.

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  • David

    Greeting’s pastor Beecroft,

    Thank you for your sermon and your thought’s regarding this much polemic issue of whether Mary is the mother of God or the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. I certainly understand your intransigent stand. I would like to submit to you another viewpoint that a vast majority of Lutheran’s have probably not considered. My first perspective will be isolated to sola scriptura and the text of the A.V. when attempting to properly exegete the matter. My second vista will be to use an illustration to hedge against any ambiguity that may occur in my first point. Number one: In John 1:18 we are explicitly told that “No man hath seen God at any time”, however in the O.T. we know that Jacob saw God (Gen 32:30), in addition so did the seventy elders (Exo 24:10) and Moses saw God and spoke to him face to face (Exo 33:11). There are other pre-incarnate appearances throughout the TANAKH so I will not belabor. Again we notice in (Exo 33:20) that no one can see Gods face and live. So is this a contradiction? Of course not, the problem is a misunderstanding of the tripartite nature of God. We know in (Gen 1:2) that the third person of the Trinity is introduced. The tripartite nature of man is revealed in (Gen 2:7;
    I Thess 5:23). These are only a few examples that hopefully will lay the ground work. The way this can be understood would be to recognize that God the Father is representative of the soul, no one can see another person’s soul. God the Holy Spirit is representative of the spirit and the Son is representative of the body. With that said, if you take a technical theological approach to this I think you could conclude by saying God had a mother, or as it states in most modern bible versions in (John 1:18) that God was begotten, this has the potential to cause ambiguity and confusion. In other words we know that God the Father is eternal and without beginning and has no mother. The Son had a beginning in the sense that He became flesh and was born of Mary two thousand years ago. Now to my illustration: If you observe how a basketball is constructed you will notice it has an outer covering an inner tube and air that fills it to make it operate the way it was intended. This is how we understand the passages I listed above. No one has ever seen God the Father, we have only seen the Son in His pre-incarnate state as the “angel of the Lord” and as Jesus Christ the Saviour. Obviously we can feel and see in our lives the working of God the Holy Spirit who is the Comforter. Sorry for such a long “treatise” lol, but I felt it necessary to maybe give a slightly different take on this. Thank you for your time.

    Peace and God bless