December 15, 2013 by mattfradd
“If you want to understand the mother,” writes St. Louis De Montfort, begin by understanding the son.”
Was Jesus God?
Following Demontfort’s advice, then, let us begin with a question. Do you believe that Jesus Christ was and is God?
If not, then might rightly suppose that Mary was not all that different from any other mother. (Perhaps you’d find this article interesting).
If you think Jesus was God, then that should give us pause when contemplating his mother, shouldn’t it?
Let’s reflect upon that.
In 2 Chronicles 2:6, Solomon, who desired to build a temple said:
The house which I am to build will be great, for our God is greater than all gods. but who is able to build him a house, since heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain him? (2 Chron. 2:6)
So you, since you acknowledge the Divinity of Jesus Christ, must believe that he whom the heavens cannot contain, chose to become contained within the womb of a teenage Jewish girl.
You believe that he who is without beginning or end, the creator of all reality outside himself, God almighty, became a zygote; embryo; fetus. God the fetus! Is your mind reeling? It ought to be! (God was a fetus. That’s even stranger than the infant of Prague!)
In the words of St. Louis De Montfort, “This is a great and holy mystery that no one can understand: ‘Let all tongues fall silent.’”
Mary and the Trinity
Allow me to continue with a seeming digression. Suppose you died and went to Heaven. Before being allowed in, God says to you, “who are you?”
I’m “Bill” you respond.
“That’s nice,” says God “But I didn’t ask you your name, I asked you who you are.”
“Er, I’m American?”, You say hesitantly, “My parents were John and Jane Smith.”
“I didn’t ask your nationality, nor did I ask the name of your parents, I asked you who you are. Who are you?”
It seems to me that the answer, at least the one I would give, is ‘I am your son.’ It is my sonship that defines me. I am his. This, incidentally, is why it’s so dangerous to take our identity in what we do, for our worth isn’t found in what we do or how well we do it, but in who we are. His.
Now one significant way Mary differs from every person who ever lived is that she has a unique relationship with each person of the Blessed Trinity.
Not only is she the daughter of God the Father, she’s, is a mysterious way, the spouse of God the Holy Spirit, and she is the Mother of God the son.
Again, “let all tongues fall silent.”
Praise for Mary
Throughout the centuries, many notable figures have said awe-inspiring things of this woman:
Him who the heavens cannot contain, the womb of one woman bore. She ruled our ruler; she carried Him in whom we are; she gave milk to our bread. – St. Augustine
Woman! above all women glorified, Our tainted nature’s solitary boast. – William Wordsworth
She is full of grace, proclaimed to be entirely without sin- something exceedingly great. For God’s grace fills her with everything good and makes her devoid of all evil. – Martin Luther
Join the Conversation
What are your thoughts?
What is one of your favorite quotes about the Blessed Mother?
 I just know I’ve offended at least one infant of Prague devotee. I don’t mean to offend you, I’ve just always found the devotion, though legitimate, strange.