Thursday, February 4, 2010
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary
Luk 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
While not being disrespectful to His mother, Jesus ALWAYS (during His adult life) tended to diminish His mother's influence and put her honor into perspective.
At the wedding of Cana, where Jesus performed His first recorded miracle, Mary bade Jesus to provide wine to the guests. He did, but not because she requested it. His words to her were, "Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come."
This is a clear indication to future generations NOT to pray to Mary to bend Jesus' ear for favors. If you need a miracle, go to Him and Him alone, not a mediatrix.
As Jesus spoke in a large house to a packed crowd, Mary and His brothers came to see Him, but couldn't get in because of the people. When one let Him know that they were outside desiring to see Him, He answered, "Who is my mother, who are my brothers? Are not all these who do the will of God?"
Once again, Mary's desire was answered with Jesus' concern for needy souls present.
Our Catholic friends are greatly misled to believe that Mary is the "mother of God," and the "Queen of Heaven." She was a godly young lady, favored by God to be the human vessel which would bear the Savior. She married, had other children and had need of a Savior. She walks heaven's streets as any other saint in the family of God who has died, but does not hear or answer prayers. Her advice to us would be to worship Jesus only, for He alone is venerable.
Some pray to the "blessed" virgin (who had 6 children in the normal manner), but Jesus indicates that those who keep and hear the Word of God are as blessed as she!