Mary, Mother of God

anunciationAmong all the saints in the Church, Catholics are well-known to hold Mary in the highest regard. Mary stands in a unique place in human history. She is the Mother of God made man. She brought the Savior into world and raised him to manhood. A question that always interests many about her life: What would’ve it been like to raise Jesus? Based on the wedding at Cana, Mary never doubted that Jesus was capable of performing miracles. Imagine what Jesus was like around the house when he was growing up! No doubt he had turned water into wine a few times for some of those fun neighborhood dinner parties. This is perhaps why, at the wedding of Cana, Mary was able to have such confidence in Jesus’ ability to take care of the situation.

The real compelling point about Mary, however, is that her yes to God brought Jesus into the world in the first place. In this way, she serves as the primary example for us. Our own unimpeded yes to God in our lives will bring Jesus into this world that is desperately in need of his love. As God the Father saw her fit to be the mother of Jesus, we look maryto her guidance and protection as our mother as well. Because of what she uniquely did for the world and what she can continue to do for us as our mother, we honor her above all the saints. In giving her honor and devotion, she unfailingly leads us to Jesus. Saint Louis de Monfort said, “We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek – Jesus, her Son.”

Mary was immaculately conceived so Jesus could unite to humanity that was truly free of sin. In this, she had all the graces to live a perfectly holy life by cooperating with grace using her own free will. She is the only person that saw every part of Jesus’ life, from his humble birth to his death, resurrection, and ascension. For all these reasons and more, she is the highest example of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. As a woman in a time of drastic inequality, Mary stepped out of status quo Judaism and was truly the first to believe in Jesus. Displaying trust in God and walking as his closest disciple, Mary is an inviolable guide to a holy life. Because of her great love for us and closeness to God, she will never turn a deaf ear to our requests.