One of the many, many things that I love about being Catholic (God being first of course) is the Church’s relationship to our Blessed Mother. I can’t imagine leaving the Catholic Church, because to do so I would have to leave our Blessed Mother. I simply can’t imagine my Christian life without her.
Although I certainly thank God for His personal relationship with me through Jesus Christ and that His grace helps me to have a personal relationship with Jesus, that relationship doesn’t create the same warm fuzzies as does the relationship of our Blessed Mother to us. I wonder if this is a man thing or others feel this way?
Of course God comes first; Jesus is the Savior. But without our Blessed Mother and her cooperation with God’s plan for her and us, where would we be? Her maternal support was crucial for Jesus in her womb; continuing after birth and especially in our Lord’s “hidden life.” But our Blessed Mother was there for Jesus throughout his public ministry and she remained close by during His Sacred Passion. She was there for the Resurrection and Pentecost.
Our Blessed Mother also asks Jesus (intercedes for the wedding couple) to provide wine for the Wedding Feast of Cana. He provided it and the best of course. Wedding feasts are a sign of the Kingdom of Heaven, joyous, maybe raucous and certainly fun.
The Immaculate Conception refers to the manner in which Our Blessed Mother was conceived in the womb of her mother Saint Anne. Saint Anne and her husband, our Blessed Mother’s father, Saint Joachim conceived Mary in the normal way. However at the moment of her conception and planned for by God from all eternity, God preserved her from the taint of Original Sin that we all inherit at our conception.
In other words, from eternity and then from the time of her conception until her glorious Assumption into heaven, our Blessed Mother was full of grace. There was no hint of sin, original or actual. She remained by the fullness of God’s grace sinless throughout her entire life.
Many Protestant Christians simply do not understand or cannot comprehend the fullness of grace that God gave our Blessed Mother from all eternity that enabled her to use her free will (she was no robot) to always say “yes” to God. It was made possible by God’s grace. Hail Mary full of grace is the Archangel Gabriel’s salutation to our Blessed Mother when she consents to the conception of Jesus in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit, what is called the Incarnation.
Let us give thanks to God for the Mother of God and our mother too. God bless you.