I am back for part two of why Catholics have a special reverence for Mary. Yesterday, I spoke about Mary, the mother of Jesus, and how she, in spite of many difficult propositions in her conversation with the Angel Gabriel, said yes to God and became the mother of the Son of God. Today I have another reason for reverence of Mary; Jesus Himself revered Mary. Look at the Wedding Feast of Cana from John 2:1-5 , “And on the third day a marriage took place at Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now Jesus too was invited to the marriage, and also his disciples. And the wine having run short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “What wouldst thou have me do, woman? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the attendants, “Do whatever he tells you.” And Jesus performs the miracle of turning the jugs of water into wine, rather than tell Mary, “I told you it is not my time,” then ignore Mary. And again in John 19:25-27, “But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.” Jesus made sure that His mother would be cared for after His crucifixion and ascension into Heaven. If Jesus simply thought of Mary as a tool that made Him human as well as divine, would he show her such respect, even, dare I say, love? I suppose the argument could be made that Lord was showing his disciples how to treat one another by treating Mary with respect and love, but this just doesn’t seem right to me. This isn’t because it doesn’t go along with the rest of my premise, but because Jesus IS love, so he treats all with love, but Mary seems to be treated with even more love than His disciples. If Jesus loves Mary, how can we not love her?
Mary, Mother of God, Part 2