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La Leçon de catéchisme (Catechism Lesson), 1890, by Jules-Alexis Muenier (1863-1942), oil on canvas, Musée des beaux-arts et d’archéologie de Besançon

Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”

cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16

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Mary

Intercession

QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:

Why pray to Mary when you can go directly to Jesus?

CATHOLIC ANSWER:

All good mothers pray for their children.  Mary, especially, prays for us because Jesus made her the mother of us all when he said from the Cross …

‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’”

John 19:26-27

Remember, Jesus worked his first miracle at the wedding of Cana at Mary’s request.  She is very influential with her son!

Other References:  Jn 2:1-111 Tim 2:1-6Col 4:2-31 Thess 5:25Rom 15:30Rev 5:8Tob 12:12

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Jesus loves his mother as any good son does.  Mary loves her Son and she loves all of God’s children.  As we read in the Gospel account, one of the very last words Jesus speaks from the Cross before he dies is the command to John, “Behold your mother” (Jn 19:27).  It must have been important for him and to the Gospel writer that these words would be recorded in the Bible.

In a loving family, there is no competition for love.  There is no hierarchy of love.  A loving parent has enough love for his or her children – all of them – uniquely and abundantly because each child is unique, and love is abundant.  Love overflows from child to child in a home filled with love.  There is no competition from Mary for Jesus’ love.  She knows all Christians love her son.

As Catholics, we love his mother too.  Worship is reserved for God alone, of course, and we know that too.  Yet we love Mary in a unique way because we understand who she is and that God had a very special plan for her for all eternity even before she was born!  In moments of our deepest need, like the wedding couple at Cana, we can go to Mary and ask her special intercession because she is our mother too.  She will take your requests to her Son.  Do we have to?  No.  But who wouldn’t want Jesus’ own mother to honor our requests?

We honor Jesus when we honor his Mother.  So, heed this gentle warning:  Surely, nobody wants anybody to talk badly of his own mother – nobody.  Even the most hardcore anti-Catholic Evangelical Protestant doesn’t want to do that either.  So, don’t talk badly of Jesus’ mother.  Think about it.

If you should ever be confused about how to treat the Blessed Virgin Mary, just remember the words of Saint Maximilian Kolbe who said…

Never worry about loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You could never love her more than Jesus did.”

Saint Maximilian Kolbe

How true!  So, let’s love and honor Mary as Jesus does.

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PRAYER

Let us pray.

Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.

May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.

Amen.

St. Michael the Archangel, by Reni Guido, 1635, 17th Century, originally oil on silk. St. Michael stepping on Devil’s head while holding his sword.

It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”

Saint John Paul II, pope

 

Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).

 

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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