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Saturday, July 29, 2017
  Defence of Bl Mary part 4


ON MISTRANSLATIONS AND MISCONCEPTIONS

Protestants 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”.

Are these the actual words of Christ? How should we respond to Protestants who use this verse to challenge us.

This 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:

Luke 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 it”.

20`There 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 person.

It is obvious that where Protestantism disagrees with Catholic Orthodoxy, one can simply dismiss the Protestant view out of hand.



ON AN IMPORTANT POINT OF SOUND DOCTRINE

As 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 Grace?

Mankind 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.

Salvation 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 Divine Grace.

Often 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.”

John 3:15.16: “That whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.

For 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

These 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).

Thus, 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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