Continuing with the Lenten theme of seeing Motherhood from a different perspective, let’s consider this picture on the left.
Women are created to bear children. As women we have a very important role in salvation. We are baptised as Priest = Nurturer, Prophet = Teacher, Queen = Minister of Home with each of these roles challenging us to live lives of service, generosity and kindness, of patience and guidance.1
We are are given certain gifts and talents from God, and we have a responsibility to put them into the service of others. These gifts combined with the baptismal roles are given to us because we are important to the mission of God’s plan for salvation. Throughout the Bible, God has valued, pursued, and honored women, in a time period where women were treated as second-class citizens. Jesus pursued the woman at the well, He loved his mother dearly, and He healed the bleeding woman. God even gave women the highest honor in allowing them to be the first to see the resurrected Christ. We must first understand that all women are very precious to Him and then, regardless of our relation to them, we will treat them in a way that makes them feel valued and points them to Jesus. New Spring This is certainly true of Mary who is described by her Son that God found her “Highly Favoured.” She is thought of in the Orthodox Catholic Church as “Theotokos“, or “God-Bearer” (Mother of God). If God did not think that women/mothers were important why would He have Mary involved in such a Divine plan? Mary is the New Eve. Her Yes cancels out what Eve had done. So, with all that can’t we think of ourself as important and not reduce our role by seeing ourselves as less than men. We are different and just as important. Don’t we, because of our birth, have the Divine spark within us? Wasn’t Mary, born without sin, also born having the Divine spark, as well as carrying the Divine Presence?
Let’s look at motherhood. Mary as Mother of Christ is an example for us of the importance of motherhood. “It was at the Wedding at Cana that Mary is instrumental. Prompted by her merciful heart” to help this family by bringing her concern for them to Jesus: “Having sensed the eventual disappointment of the newly married couple and guests because of the lack of wine, the Blessed Virgin compassionately suggested to Jesus that he intervene with his messianic power.” Saint Pope John Paul II
She is a strong mom trying to keep her son out of trouble. She went off to seek Jesus when he disappeared from the family and being found in the Temple reprimanded him. As Jesus’ ministry comes to it’s apex she travels to Capernaum because of what was being reported about Jesus and that scene appears to be one where Mary wants to protect Jesus from getting himself in trouble with the leaders. John 2:12
Mary was deeply concerned about social justice, (James 1:27), “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visitor orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” If James was the beloved disciple and the same disciple that Jesus relinquish His mother, James must have sat around the maternal kitchen table discussing with Jesus all the issues of His ministry while Mary prepares snacks and gives her opinion and thoughts on the subjects/issues.
Mary as mediatrix began at the Wedding Feast of Cana and continues today.
From Mary’s song, Mary’s encounter with Jesus in the temple, Mary’s intervention at the wedding . . . all the way to Mary at the cross and Mary with the earliest believers in Jerusalem — these scenes lead us to Jesus each and every time. Mary ought not to rob Jesus of his glory, for the mission of Mary in her own life was to witness to the glory of her Son. 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew about Mary, Mother of Jesus
We can see Mary as a normal mom. She is our Mother. We, like Mary, have given birth to our children to bring them up in the faith, to be faithful, to live faithfully.
CC1214 This sacrament is called baptism, after the central rite by which it is carried out: to baptize (Greek baptize) means to “plunge” or “immerse”; the “plunge” into the water symbolizes the catechumen’s burial into Christ’s death, from which he rises up by resurrection with him, as “a new creature.”
CC1215 This sacrament is also called “the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit,” for it signifies and actually brings about the birth of water and the Spirit without which no one “can enter the kingdom of God.”
CC1216 “This bath is called enlightenment, because those who receive this [catechetical] instruction are enlightened in their understanding . . . .” Having received in Baptism the Word, “the true light that enlightens every man,” the person baptized has been “enlightened,” he becomes a “son of light,” indeed, he becomes “light” himself: Baptism is God’s most beautiful and magnificent gift. . . .We call it gift, grace, anointing, enlightenment, garment of immortality, bath of rebirth, seal, and most precious gift. It is called gift because it is conferred on those who bring nothing of their own; grace since it is given even to the guilt