“The Virgin Mary. . . is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer. . . She is ‘clearly the mother of the members of Christ’ . . .” – CCC 963
I have recently recommitted for about the 20th time in my journey with Christ to pray a daily rosary, but this time is very different. I’m entering this commitment with a new found respect and honor for our Blessed Mother. I don’t know what took so long for me to figure it out but Mary had a very important role in salvation and God the Father held her with such esteem, so maybe I should do the same. It hit me during a holy hour that I would be stupid to not invite Mary in to my relationship with Christ. Why would I not want the Mother of God interceding on my behalf?
Let’s face it, Mary’s role in the Church and in the story of salvation is quite important. It is by God’s grace we are saved, however Mary was the vessel in which grace (Jesus) entered this world. It is Mary who, without question, said yes to the angel when asked to bring into the world the son of God. It is Mary, along with her husband Joseph, who protected the savior when King Herod was looking to kill Him. It was Mary who, on behalf of the host at the wedding, interceded for them and told her son, “They have no wine” (John 2:3 ). Mary was the first tabernacle, the first to have within her the true presence of Christ. She is the mother of Jesus Christ. She is the handmaid of the Lord (Luke 1:38). Her yes to God reversed Eve’s no to the will of God.
God literally appointed Mary as the vessel in which salvation would be born into the world. The Church would be in error if she did not honor the mother of Salvation. Let us allow Mary to lead us to her son and with her, let us pray, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior” (Luke 1:46-47).
I challenge you to place yourself at the foot of the cross and take these words as if Christ was speaking them to you. Because the reality is, He was. “When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home” (John 19:26-27).
To Jesus through Mary,