Defence of Bl Mary part 4
MISTRANSLATIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS
often use the verse at Luke 11:27-28, in their arguments against the
Blessed Mary. In the NIV, the verse reads, "...a woman in the
crowd cried out, “Blessed is the mother who gave you birth and
nursed you”' He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the
word of God and obey it.” The KJV and RSV read, “Yea rather
blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it”.
these the actual words of Christ? How should we respond to
Protestants who use this verse to challenge us.
verse is something like the one recording the wedding at Cana, which
we discussed above. Let us look at Luke 11:27-28 and see what it
actually says. In the
Greek original, the key word is "menoun."
The primary meaning of this word is "this
is quite true" or, "in very truth,". It may
also be translated as "yea, verily" "yes, in very
truth." Contrary to the sectarian interpretations of this verse,
it actually reads:
11:27,28; “And it came to pass, as he spoke these things, a certain
woman from the crowd, lifting up her voice, said to him: Blessed is
the womb that bore thee, and the paps that gave thee suck. But he
said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God, and keep
is, you see, a considerable difference here. Christ does not at all
downplay the blessedness of His mother; He affirms and confirms it.
Indeed, we see that the Blessed Mary is here seen to be thrice
blessed. She is blessed as the one who bore Christ, blessed
again as the one who nursed Him, and blessed above all other humans
as the one who heard the word of God and kept it more than any other
is obvious that where Protestantism disagrees with Catholic
Orthodoxy, one can simply dismiss the Protestant view out of hand.
AN IMPORTANT POINT OF SOUND DOCTRINE
we mentioned before, the Sectarian prejudice against the veneration
of the Blessed Mary is based on their false idea of the nature of
redemption. Certainly the same is true of the sectarian prejudice
against God's saints. They believe all is necessary to cry out in the
Name of Jesus to be saved. To admit to Him is to be born again. Where
is the Water by which He originated the Sacrament. Is not the Holy
Ghost the Divine Eternal Spirit of Supernatural Love and Sanctifying
had to make amends to God for the sin of man. The sin and sins of man
were overcome by one man’s sacrifice. Mary was the vessel by which
Mary and her Son, Jesus Christ were the mediation and reparation
between God and man. It is honest to admit without Mary there was
neither salvation nor redemption. Redemption entered this world
through Mary, whose Redeeming Son came to restore our fallen human
nature, to redeem us, and the world, from our bondage to sin, that is
called concupiscence and is engrained deep in our nature. We are
inclined by this interior movement of our heart and mind to follow
the enticements and power of the world, of the flesh and the demon.
Therefore to be one with Christ and the Trinity we have to overcome
sin and our inclinations as did Christ. Mary is the Mother of the
Example or the Way. Can we not therefore look to Her to obtain from
her Spouse the Holy Spirit, to become absorbed with Her help into the
Spirit of Holiness, that her Son, Christ, died to obtain for us.
consists in taking on by keeping or making penance and satisfaction
the nature, a restored nature, which is in Jesus Christ. It is
wrought by our struggle, with God's help, to acquire the Grace of the
Holy Ghost, the Indwelling of the Divine Eternal Holy Spirit. This is
righteousness that seizes our place in Heaven for us. Not the
Lutheran Justness of Abraham, who could not reach heaven until Christ
had died and opened the Gates of Heaven. Abraham resided in Limbo a
jewish Old Testament place of waiting. Those special people whom we
venerate as “saints”, including the Blessed Mary, are venerated
precisely because of the fullness of the Holy Spirit dwelling in
them. But apart from this, the veneration of saints, understanding
their struggles, their penances and sufferings, many of which were
self inflicted by fasting, abstinence and mortification, is an
essential element in our being penetrated with a deep understanding
of the nature and the dreadful price Christ paid for our redemption.
Our awareness of the glory of the Blessed Mary and the saints, and
our veneration of them, is actually a confession of the true doctrine
of redemption. The saints, like the Blessed Mary, have shown us the
true path of salvation and, having become truly participants in the
perfect nature, indeed, in God Himself, they have become vessels of
we are accused us of “praying to dead saints.” We claim, and
rightly so, they are not dead but living an eternal life of grace.
They are decidedly not dead. Mat 25:45; “Then he will answer them,
'Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of
these, you did not do it to me. And these will go away into eternal
punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
3:15.16: “That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life”.
Jesus did promise us eternal life and Mary and the saints earned it.
Through their merits they are in the eternal light of
antagonists are in dreadful error as they are in a ‘church’ of
errors, for they do not know the Scripture or the power of God. For
God is a God of the living and not the
dead... Have you not read in the book of Moses how God spoke in the
bush to him, saying `I am the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob'?
He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living: you
therefore do greatly err" (Mark 12:24, 26-27).
if the righteous ones of the Old Testament, from before the “age of
Grace” are still numbered among the living, how much more are those
of the New Testament alive. They are living testimonies to the
victory of Christ over death and the certainty of mankind's
redemption by Jesus Christ, our God.
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