Perspectives of Characters example
Example Stage 2 Module, “Mary, Woman, Mother and Disciple”
The story is about my cousin Mary who was engaged to the carpenter Joseph. I hadn’t seen her for a while. I missed her, she lived in Nazareth. I hoped that maybe one day she would visit me. I couldn’t visit her at that time because I was pregnant. It was quite a shock because I am old, but the Holy Spirit came upon me and blessed me with the child I was carrying. We knew because an angel of the Lord came to my husband Zechariah when he was serving as a priest in the Temple. The angel Gabriel told Zechariah that we would have a son and that we should call him John and that he would be a great servant of the Lord. But Zechariah was so shocked and frightened that he couldn’t speak. The angel said that he would not be able to speak until he named his son John and that’s what has happened, he didn’t speak a word. He wouldn’t even leave our house, but he was very excited about our baby coming.
One day I was looking out the window and then my wish came true. I could see Mary walking through the hills to my place. I was so excited. I ran to the door now and was hugging her. As I did so my baby was jumping inside me. She told me that she had been blessed by the Lord and that she too would have a baby. Then I said to Mary:
“God has blessed you among all women!
God has also blessed the child you will have.
Why would the mother of my Lord come to visit me?
As soon as I heard your voice, my baby became happy and moved inside me.
The Lord has blessed you and knows that you will keep your promises.”
Mary replied to me,
“With all my heart I praise my Lord,
And I am happy because of God.
God cares for me,
I am God’s humble servant.
From now on all people will say that
God has blessed me.
God has done great things for me,
God’s name is holy.
God shows mercy to everyone who worships him.
God scatters those who are proud.
God raises up the humble.
God gives the hungry good things to eat and send away the rich.
God is merciful to all his people.
The Lord has made this promise to our ancestors,
To Abraham and his family forever!
Mary stayed with me for about three months. We had such a wonderful time together. I will never forget it."