Mary
Part 3 Scripture

Chapter 35 Luke and Acts

Luke 1:26-38

Luke 1:39-56

Luke 2:1-20

Luke 2:21-40

Luke 2:41-52

Acts 1:14-15 & 2:1-21

Occurrences of "Mary" in NAB Bible

Luke 1:27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.

Luke 1:30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Luke 1:34 But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?"

Luke 1:38-39 Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. 39During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,

Luke 1:43 And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

Luke 1:46 And Mary said: / "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

Luke 1:56 Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Luke 2:5 to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.

Luke 2:16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.

Luke 2:19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Luke 2:33-34 The child's father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; 34and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted

Luke 2:48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety."

Luke 2:51 He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart.

Luke 8:19-21 Then his mother and his brothers came to him but were unable to join him because of the crowd. 20He was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside and they wish to see you." 21He said to them in reply, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and act on it."

Acts 1:14 All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.

Luke 1:26-38

Text

 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God." 38 Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.

Liturgical Usage

1:26-38
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle B
Weekday of Advent, December 20, Weekday I &II
The Annunciation of the Lord, March 25
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 22
Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8
Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, Proper of Saints

Commentary

See Elizabeth Johnson "Annunciation:  Call of the Prophet" (pg. 247)


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Luke 1:39-56

Text

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."

 

     46 And Mary said,
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
     Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
     and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
     from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
     he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
     and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
     and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
     in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
     to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Liturgical Usage

1:39-56
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, May 31
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, August 15

1:39-55   
Votive Mass in Thanksgiving to God

1:39-47   
Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12,
The Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

1:39-45   
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle C
Weekday of Advent December 21

1:46-56   
Weekday of Advent December 22

Commentary

See Elizabeth Johnson "Visitation:  Joy in the Revolution of God" (pg. 258)


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Luke 2:1-20

Text

 1  In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels

     8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see--I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 "Glory to God in the highest heaven,
     and on earth peace among those whom he favors!"

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Liturgical Usage

2:1-14   
The Nativity of the Lord, December 25 (at midnight)
The Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary
 

2:15-20 
The Nativity of the Lord, December 25 (at dawn)

2:15b-19
The Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2:16-21
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Sunday within the octave of Christmas, Cycle C
The Most Holy Name of Jesus

Commentary

See Elizabeth Johnson "'And She Gave Birth'" (pg. 274)


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Luke 2:21-40

Text

21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Jesus Is Presented in the Temple

     22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord"), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons."

     
25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
29 "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
     according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
     and for glory to your people Israel."

33 And the child's father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, "This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed--and a sword will pierce your own soul too."

     
36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

     39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Liturgical Usage

2:22-40 
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Cycle B
The Presentation of the Lord, February 2

2:22-35 
The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 29

2:27-35 
The Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2:33-35 
Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15

2:36-40 
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 30

Commentary

See Elizabeth Johnson "Fulfilling Torah" (pg. 278)


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Luke 2:41-52

Text

41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. 43 When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. 44 Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day's journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, "Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety." 49 He said to them, "Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" 50 But they did not understand what he said to them. 51 Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

     
52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favor.

Liturgical Usage

2:41-52 
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, Sunday within the octave of Christmas, Cycle C
The Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2:41-51 
The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin of Mary, Saturday following the second Sunday after Pentecost

2:41-51a 
Saint Joseph, Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, March 19

Commentary

See Elizabeth Johnson "Losing and Finding" (pg. 282)


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Acts 1:14-15 & 2:1-21

Text

14 All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.  15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said,

 1  When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

     
5 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. 7 Amazed and astonished, they asked, "Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs--in our own languages we hear them speaking about God's deeds of power." 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, "What does this mean?" 13 But others sneered and said, "They are filled with new wine."

Peter Addresses the Crowd

     14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, "Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. 16 No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:
17 'In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
     and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
     and your old men shall dream dreams.
18 Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
     in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
     and they shall prophesy.
19 And I will show portents in the heaven above
     and signs on the earth below,
     blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
20 The sun shall be turned to darkness
     and the moon to blood,
     before the coming of the Lord's great and glorious day.
21 Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Liturgical Usage

1:12-14 
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Our Lady of the Rosary
Reading I from the New Testament during the Season of Easter
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

1:15-17 
Saint Isidora, May 15

1:15-17 
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Commentary

See Elizabeth Johnson "'All Filled With the Holy Spirit'" (pg. 297)


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