Hail Mary Series (Part 7 of 10) – Mother of God
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.
Who knows you the best, out of everyone you’ve ever met? Who has invested the most in you during your life? The one who not only knows you like your PB & J’s with the crusts cut off, but also takes the time to carefully cut them off for you? Who stays up late when you’re sick, ensures your diet is healthy, and makes sure your friends are above reproach, because she knows you’ll become like the company you keep? Your mother does. She lovingly and carefully cares for you, loves you, and helps you grow into a mature adult. This support, love, and assistance that can only come from a mother is among the most precious and necessary people in any child’s life. Without a mother, children often grow up emotionally and psychologically disadvantaged.
Now, if Jesus was truly man along with being truly God (and He was!), He would also need a mother! He came to live the same life we do; He is completely like us in all things, save sin. To ensure His healthy development both in and out of the womb, he needed a mother! And not just ANY mother, but the BEST mother!
It’s simple enough to think of a mother/child relationship, but when the child is GOD, it totally changes the paradigm. Your mother is special, and particularly and intentionally planned by God to be YOUR mother! Why would God Himself be any different?! His mother was perfectly planned, and Immaculately Conceived (ie, without Original Sin), to be GOD’S mother! She had to have special graces and privileges (like a King’s mother would!), to fulfill the special role she was given. Like we talked about a few weeks ago, Mary is very, very blessed!
Another facet of Mary’s maternity that always draws my heart to love her more is the fact she was always, always with Him. We see pictures like this:
She held Him as a babe, rocked Him to sleep, and cared for every need that babies have. She taught Him to talk and walk; she nursed and fed Him; she even taught Him His prayers. Yes, the mother of God taught God how to pray! What a beautiful, touching reality! (Note: having trouble in your personal prayer life? Ask Mary to help! If she taught God, she can sure help you!)
Mary was also with her Son in times like this:
She was the most faithful of Mothers. She held her Son as a sweet little infant, and she held His tortured, bloodied Body after He was crucified for our Salvation. This lady is God’s MOTHER! I could write pages and pages on Mary’s maternity, but for now, I’ll leave you with this little thought from St. Maximillian Kolbe: “Don’t worry about loving Mary too much; you can’t ever love her more than Jesus did.”