Non Catholic christians are proud to have statues of Mary and St. Joseph in their nativity scenes on the front lawn. But they then go and criticize us for having statues of Mary. It is the devil who has closed their eyes and hearts to the crucial role Mary plays in God’s plan of our salvation. Break away from the only Church Jesus started and you get confused. Then the devil uses you to attack what God holds holy, like the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Nestorian heresy denied the humanity of Jesus. Jesus is the divine second person of the Holy Trinity, (Father, Son Jesus and Holy Spirit). Jesus is a divine person with two natures, divine and human. The Council of Ephesus declared Mary the Mother of God in 431. That was because she truly gave birth to her Son Jesus, who is God. “And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out, Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, and Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke l:43.
Jesus truly took on His human nature (flesh) from His mother Mary (and the Word became flesh John 1:14). He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary (you will be overshadowed by the Holy Spirit Luke 1:35). God the Father is Jesus’ Father and Mary is His mother.
As soon as a group of christians break off from the true Catholic Church, their view of Mary becomes distorted. Every time a Jehovah Witness comes knocking on your door, they tell you that you have graven images and worship Mary. The devil is working through them, because they do not believe Jesus is God. Ask them straight up the next time they come to visit you, is Jesus God?. They also do not believe in celebrating Jesus’ birthday. They deny that Jesus was God and therefore do not recognize the important role of Mary.
We Catholics have never worshipped Mary. She is only human like ourselves. But we respect her so much because God chose her to be the New Ark of the Covenant to bear His only begotten Son.
There are different levels of honor given to God, Mary and the saints. To God alone is given adoration and worship called latria. Special veneration, not worship, is given to Mary and is called hyperdulia and dulia for the saints whom God has glorified in heaven. Worship (latria) is so far from honor (dulia) as creation is from the creator.
God specifically created and chose Mary out of all humans to be the immaculate mother of His Son Jesus. Mary carried God Jesus in her womb for 9 months. Mary and St. Joseph took care of Jesus until He began His public ministry.
Without Mary giving our human nature to Jesus, it would have been impossible for Him to die on the cross and win for us pardon for our sins and eternal life. Without Mary the propitiatory sacrifice on the cross could never have taken place. Thank you Mary for saying yes to God’s will.
At His death on the Cross, Jesus gave His mother Mary to His disciple St. John, and in that way gave her us Catholics to be the mother too.
We are so blessed to know how much God appreciates what Mary did for Him by bearing, raising and loving his Son Jesus.
The devil loves it when, so called followers of Jesus, do not appreciated Mary. He hates her too. “And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered. And there was seen another sign in heaven, and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns; on his heads seven diadems: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven and cast them to the earth: and at the dragon stood before the woman who was already to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, that he might devour her son. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was take up to God and to his throne.” Revelations 12:1-5
God created all the Universe for love of us. But He created Mary for love of His Son Jesus. Who are we to not love whom God loves? Let us thank God for the great gift of Mary who is truly the Mother of His Only Son and our mother as well.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.