Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Luke 1:28 a.k.a. Hail Mary…

This installment focuses on the words of the Archangel Gabriel and the proclamation made by Elizabeth,  said to a young woman named Mary.  Who is Mary?

We are told that Mary is a Jewish girl betrothed to a man named Joseph who is of the linage of King David (Lk 1:27).  Scripture really does not give us much background on Mary, but since the Catholic Church is founded on both Scripture and Tradition we know that she was a rather unique young woman.

In a nut-shell, she was born of Anne and Joachim and from the moment of her conception she was preserved from the stain of original sin (CCC 491-492), thus preparing her to be the Mother of God.

Jesus’ immaculate conception – that is the decent of the Holy Spirit on Mary who then conceived the Son of God (Lk 1:35), gave Jesus the opportunity to acquire a pure human nature from His pure human mother, Mary.

This is why the Church teaches that Jesus had two natures, one human and one divine, that cooperated together in the hypostatic union (CCC 466, 468-469).  But this would not have come about if Jesus had not been born of a woman (Gal 4:4), and not just any woman but a woman preserved free from the stain of original sin.  Thus it we can truly say, “He is a man like us, but without sin,” (ref Heb 4:15).

As you can see, it’s impossible to talk about Mary and not end up focusing on her Son, Jesus!  This is truly the greatest mystery and Truth about Mary.  She will ALWAYS lead us to her Son.  All that Mary is, and all that Mary does POINTS to her Son; and as Mary is the mother of the Head (Jesus), she is also therefore the Mother of the Body, His Body – the Church – therefore we are Mary’s Children.

Mary is then honored as our mother, just as Jesus commands us to do (see Mt 15:4, 19:19; Mk 7:10, 10:19; Lk 18:20), and gives us His example in John chapter 2.  Mary has come to her Son to inform Him that the bridal party have run out of wine (Jn 2:3).  There is an important theological understanding here!  Mary is interceding for members of humanity – aka the wedding party – directly with her Son – aka the Son of God – who is the direct Mediator between God and man.  Do you see the importance of this connection?

But what is even more amazing is that Jesus did not refuse His mother’s request!  His hour (Calvary) had not yet come (v4), but when Mary turned to the servants standing near by and said, “Do whatever He tells you.” (v5), Jesus begins to give instructions – thus directly and immediately answering His mother’s request.

Did you know this answering was a fulfilling of previous scripture?  In 1Kings 2:19-20, King Solomon’s mother (the Queen-mum), went to her son to ask a request of him.  He gave her a place of honor in his court – seating her at his right hand – and promised her half his kingdom before she even made her request.

Jesus is greater than Solomon, so how much more will Mary receive in honor from her Son, the King of Heaven?  And as He IS the King of Heaven, so how much more efficacious and powerful is Mary’s petition to her Son on our behalf?

This is why we petition Our Lady, the Mother of God, and Our Mother for her prayers and intercession with her Son.  She is seated at His right hand (ref Mt 20:20, 23; 1Kings 2:19), and Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Mt 14:62), so once again we have a powerful line of intercession available to all of us!  So, how do we ask for it?

Sacred Scripture helps us out and Tradition “rounds up” the prayer.  We begin by repeating the words of the Archangel, Gabriel, adding in Mary’s name so that we do not forget whose intercession we are asking for.  We then continue with Elizabeth’s words – the very words she uttered while under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  We finish with the Truth proclaimed by the Church at the Council of Ephesus in 431AD, that Mary IS the Mother of God, and as such we ask for her prayers, right now and then again at the hour of our death.  Why at the hour of our death?

Because that hour is the most critical of all ours of our lives.  That will be the hour when we will either choose heaven or hell – See False Indicator Light: nos. 7-9 explanation – and so it is crucial that we have as much assistance in choosing heaven as possible (CCC 2677)!  Mary promises that help to anyone who asks.  But you must ask. Just remember, in all that she does she leads us directly to her Son! Guaranteed!

So, are you ready to implore the greatest help available to us for reaching out to Our Savior and thus guaranteeing our success in reaching Him?  Alright, then!  Let’s go!

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you…

–  The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin… ~ Pius IX, Ineffabilis Deus, 1854.  The Angel Gabriel recognized this when he said to her, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” ~Lk 1:28.

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

–  …when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy…”~Lk 1:41-44.

Holy Mary, Mother of God…

– In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodAnd the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. ~Jn 1:1,14.

Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death…

– “Since all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God…”~Rom 3:23, and since Mary is the Mother of Jesus who is Mercy in Himself, we ask for the Mother of Mercy to pray for us now, and later at the time of our death (when we may not be so coherent or willing to ask), so that she may bring us to her Son and His Father in Heaven, that we may partake in the wedding feast of the Lamb.

Amen!

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