Hail Mary Series (Part 4 of 10) – Blessed Art Thou Among Women
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 now, and at the hour of our death! Amen.
Imagine you’re being introduced to the First Lady, wife of the president of the United States. What has she done to deserve your respect? Did she run for office, promise lower taxes, win debate after debate? Does she have any real authority to make your life good or bad? No? Why then do you treat her with such respect? She’s just a woman. Just like your mother, sister, daughter, neighbor, cleaning lady…
But we know this isn’t so. She isn’t “just another woman.” She’s the wife of our President, which gives her a place of honor. Because of that, and that alone, we give her great dignity and respect.
Think, now, why is Mary, Mother of God, discarded as “just another woman” when she has been placed by God in a position of highest honor? (Distinction: there is a huge difference between honor and worship. The Ten Commandments oblige us to ‘honor’ our parents, while worship is due to God and God alone!) Mary did not chose this position for herself, just as you did not chose who your mother and father would be, where you’d be born, or how you’d grow up. She did, however, acknowledge her position in humility, and reflected all glory back to God, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun. “He has looked with favor on His lowly handmaid, and from henceforth, all generations will call me blessed.” Luke 1:48
She is indeed blessed among woman, and deserving of our respect, honor, and love. What other woman has been a living tabernacle for the Most High God for nine months, and then, as our parish priest says, ‘fed, watered, and taught him’ for the next 30 years? To be that close and intimate with God… she is the most blessed of any woman that has ever lived!
Mary’s cousin Elizabeth was the first to use this title “Blessed,” but the Bride of Christ, the Holy Catholic Church, has taken up that cry, and with the choirs of angels, give honor and love to the Blessed Mother of God!