“Where Would We Be?”

“Where would we be without the faith of Mary and Elizabeth?” ponders Phillip Martin, senior pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia. In a familiar passage from Luke 1:39-45 (46-55), Mary allows herself to become God’s magnifying glass, through which “the whole world can read and understand the gospel.” Where would we be without Mary? “Where would any of us be without any of God’s little magnifying glasses all around-those who have shined with the power of faith in spite of the odds, those who have borne Christ to us and enabled us to read how much God loves us?” asks Martin.