Hail Mary Series (Part 6 of 10) – Holy Mary
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.
We’ve talked about why Mary is called “Blessed,” but here we hit another word that many take issue with, when used towards Mary. She’s not God; why do we call her holy?
Let’s first take a look at what holy means before we start throwing around accusations of idolatry. “Holy,” as defined by Mr. Webster, means “set apart” or “reserved for special purpose.”
Now, let’s look at Mary. Was she set apart from the rest of womankind? Was she reserved for a special purpose? Yes! She was destined by God to carry His Son, to give Him birth, nurse Him, teach Him, and love Him in the most intimate way that only woman gifted with motherhood herself can understand. This privilege was not offered to just any woman. It was offered to her. And in total surrender and complete humility, she said gave her fiat. YES.
Now, think for just a second. What happened to you at your Baptism? You were cleansed, anointed, and set apart; you were made Holy. You (yes, YOU) are HOLY! You are set apart for the work of GOD!
Being holy doesn’t mean being perfect; being holy means being part of something Bigger and More Important than just you, namely, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Family of God. You’re not just another body walking around, you’re not normal; you are set apart! You are HOLY! So don’t deny it when someone calls you that, because if you’ve been Baptized, you ARE.
Now, go make someone’s day and tell them that they are holy – and most importantly – tell them WHY!