Mary, Mother of God

marymotherofGod-pageWe as Catholics believe that Mary is the Mother of God. Therefore, Mary holds a special place of honor for Catholics.

We do not worship her; but rather we honor her. We do not pray to her; but rather, we pray with her and through her.

Mary is the first and greatest disciple because she faithfully followed her son Jesus even before he was born. She did so by saying “yes” to God’s will, accepting her role as the mother of God’s only son. Because of Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus, the son of God, we honor her by calling her the Mother of God and the Mother of the Church.

As our Mother, we can go to Mary for help, asking her to help us grow closer to her son Jesus. By following Mary’s example and through her intercession, we can become more faithful disciples of Jesus.

Source: A Well-Built Faith by Joe Paprocki 

Finding Jesus in the Temple (Luke 2:41-51)

As Luke tells us, when Jesus was 12 years old, his parents headed home after the festival, but He stayed in Jerusalem. When Mary could not find Jesus in the caravan, she and Joseph departed and spent days frantically searching for him. They were persistent and did not give up until he was found. They likely used their faith and relied heavily on God during this time and often during
their lives.

When found, Mary asked him, “Why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” He said, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

Imagine how comforted Mary and Joseph were when they finally found Jesus. At times in life when it feels we have lost Jesus, we can be comforted that we need not search frantically trying to find him. Like Mary, we can turn, or perhaps, return to the Church and the Sacraments given to us by Jesus. He will always be there for us in his Father’s House.

We can learn more by how the story ends. Jesus leaves the temple with his parents and returns home to Nazareth where he submits himself to the authority of Mary and Joseph, establishing the Holy Family and the holy way of life they lived as a model for all families. Jesus commanded us to honor our mother and father, and he wants us to honor his mother just as he did.

For more information: The Official Website of the Carmelites: Learning From Mary In Her Own Words

The Wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12)

When Mary took the problem of running out of wine to her son at the wedding at Cana, he had not performed any miracles or given any teachings yet, but Mary took the servant’s worries of having no wine to her son anyway. Mary did not need to explain the situation or even ask Jesus to do anything; she just trusted and believed in him. When Mary told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you”, she became a perfect mirror of Christ and remains one today.

One cannot look to Mary for guidance without seeing her son, and she wants nothing more than to point us back to Jesus and his will. She continues to teach us to put our problems in his hands, trust in him, and “Do whatever he tells you”.

Source: Wedding Wisdom: What Mary Taught us at Cana

Mary and the Eucharist

With the same maternal concern which Mary showed at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary seems to say to us: “Do not waver; trust in the words of my son. If he was able to change water into wine, he can also turn bread and wine into his body and blood, and through this mystery bestow on believers the living memorial of his passion, thus becoming the bread of life.”

As a result, there is a profound analogy between the Fiat which Mary said in reply to the angel and the Amen which every believer says when receiving the body of the Lord. Mary was asked to believe that the one whom she conceived “through the Holy Spirit” was “the Son of God”. (Luke 1:30-35)

In continuity with the Virgin’s faith in the Eucharistic mystery we are asked to believe that the same Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary, becomes present in his full humanity and divinity under the signs of bread and wine.

From: The Word Among Us Easter 2016
St John Paul II, On the Eucharist in the Church, 54, 55