Tarek El Mahaba August Magazine - Page 43

have sinned . This is where the complexity comes in on a number of levels and which puts your question beyond the scope of an email . Jesus Christ is Mary ’ s Savior , as well as ours , as testified in her own statement in St Luke — the Magnificat — where she says , “ My soul magnifies the Lord , and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior .” If Mary had been “ sinproofed ,” so to speak , from all eternity , the Orthodox would argue as to why she would need a Savior . Mary is the “ new Eve ” who said “ yes ” to God where the first Eve said “ no .” She did have a choice , and you may wish to ask your local parish priest to share with you the text of the Kanon from Matins for the Great Feast of the Annunciation , in which you will see a beautiful dialogue between Mary and the Archangel Gabriel in which she debates whether or not to accept the archangel ’ s news , only in the end accepting that which he announced .
While much that the Orthodox say of Mary “ sounds ” similar to that which is taught by Roman Catholicism , there are serious differences on many levels . You are correct in saying , however , that the Orthodox Church does not seem to have such a highly developed Mariological tradition as the Christian West ; it is , at least in my experience , only in recent times , with the growing interest in Orthodoxy especially among many evangelicals , that we have had to delve so deeply — and sometimes deeper than we should — into the role of Mary . Sometimes our answers seem somewhat lame , but in reality , there is only so much one can say before one must acknowledge that , while there are certain things we simply cannot fully understand about this , reasoned faith , as defined in St James , becomes the only recourse .
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