The Mother of God
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO ST. LUKE
Chapter 1. Verses 28
28. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.
29. Who having heard was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.
30. And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.
31. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus.
32. He shall be great, and shall be call the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
33. And the kingdom there shall be no end.
34. And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I no not of man?
35. And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall Be born of thee shall called the Son of God.
THE MOTHER OF GOD
The Son of God in becoming man had to have a mother. Mary was His mother. The blood which flowed in His veins and which He shed on Calvary was derived from her. It was she who held Him to her breast as a child and cared for Him as a boy. Of all human beings, she was the closet to Him in birth, in life, and in death. Of the millions and millions of women since creation, she was chosen as His mother. Jesus Christ, who was born of her, and was both God and man. As God He had no beginning, no birth. As a man He was born at a certain time and place. Since His divinity and humanity were united in the one person, Jesus Christ, and since we cannot separate the divinity from Jesus Christ, it follows the mother of Jesus Christ is also the mother of God.
Sometimes non-Catholics assert that we pay to much honor to Mary. Well, if we do, God has set us the example. If you trust your money to a man, you honor him, but if you trust your child to him, you give the highest mark of your regard. God chose Mary not merely as the custodian, but as the mother of His Son.
Moreover, He declared her singularly blessed. The Archangel Gabriel bore a message direct from God to her, and as the ambassador of heaven ,saluted her thus: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women." This angelic messenger bows down before a maiden. Never before has an angel thus shown obeisance to a mortal. he waits on her word. In other cases where God's messengers appeared to mortals, it was to command, but not so in regard to Mary. He salutes her, praises her, delivers his message and then waits her decision. When she finally gave her consent to the mystery, he declared that the Holy One who was to be born of her was to be the Son of God .
The Church of Christ has always revered Mary as the mother of God, imitating in this God Himself, whose messenger Gabriel declared that the Holy One who was to be born of her was to be the Son of God. But, through she is the mother of God, she is not divine. She is, like us, a creature. That is why we love her so much,-- she is one of us.
There is an infinite distance between her and God, but nevertheless she is closer to Him than any other created being. And since we know that God honors those who are dear to Him, since it is His grace that makes us dear to Him, and since His ambassador Gabriel declared her to be full of grace, we know that she is the recipient of all the favor that God can bestow upon a creature.
If God told those who besought His help and forgiveness to go to His friend Job to have him intercede for them, with much more confidence can we go to His Mother. And we do.
GOD and MYSELF
By: Fr. Martin J. Scott S.J.