Friday, November 9, 2007

Something about Mary : Part I

Christmas is a big day for our Blessed Lady, not only because it is the celebration of the birth of her only child, but also because it is one of the rare days where Protestants shake off the well cared for shackles of their Catholi-phobia (fear of appearing Catholic) and actually admit Jesus even had a mom (yes , yes, I know Christmas is over, but until I pay off the credit card bills, I can keep referencing it). We see her in church front Nativity scenes, on cards from Aunt May and Uncle Lu (don't mention the twins), and even in reruns of the WWMM's favorite TV special "The Little Drummer Boy". Come December 26th, she's again packed back up, stuffed in the attic, and shall not be mentioned again until at least Thanksgiving.

Catholi-phobia is really the only explanation I can think of for Mary's post Christmas disappearance, as Marian doctrine had little to do with the Reformation, with the likes of Calvin, Wesley, and Luther all speaking of our Lady as Mother of God, Mother of Us all, and Ever Virgin.

"Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees . . . If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother" Martin Luther

Unlike his modern devotees, Luther didn't skip over Jesus' last few precious words (John 19:26-28) where he gives Mary to us as mother. Jesus knew everything that was to happen, so it if this was just a statement to John on provision of his mother,he could have easily prepared them both long before this emotionally wrought event.

I will take that even further, in that the Protestant view paints our God as a vile uncaring monster, for if Mary was just another slob like us, living in the spiritual death of original sin, how cruel to make her watch her innocent babe beaten to hamburger meat and than nailed naked to a cross.
If she was not to play a bigger (and continual) part, than any loving God would surely have taken her up to heaven once Jesus reached manhood, instead of giving her a ringside seat to the live production of "the Passion of the Christ".

So is God cruel? I say an emphatic "NO"

Do I call Mary mother? humbly and happily I say "Yes"

Should you? . . . .

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,

The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit
of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of death.

. . .to be continued,

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