One Step Toward Mary is like Three Toward Jesus
Taking one step toward Mary is like taking three
steps closer to God because there are at least three reasons why we get
closer to God when we open our hearts to love her and ask her to pray
with us to her Son Jesus.
God wills that we do it. Jesus was (and is) a
perfect Jew especially in regards to the Law. With infinite perfection
He obeyed the 10 Commandments and to honor His mother. And we are
called to imitate Him.
“For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in
the midst of them.”
1 Corinthians 12:21
“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I do not need you,’ nor again the head
to the feet, ‘I do not need you.’”
Everyone in heaven is united into the Body of
Christ and is completely conformed to the will of Christ, because there
can be no disunity or division in heaven. And, we take a step toward
God when we go to Mary because she is in Christ, His Body, the Church,
and she is a sure channel of His grace because her will is completely
conformed to His.
The Holy Spirit aids us in prayer,
Romans 8:26-27. And the Holy Spirit is Love. He
is the love of the Father for the Son and the Son’s love for the
Father. So, the more we love the closer we are to God. As we grow in
love with the Saints and we also open ourselves to the love that Jesus
has manifested in their hearts for us, and so we attain more grace.
He wills that we love everyone, even our
enemies. Certainly He wills that we love the saints. When we honor God
and how He has worked his grace to mold their hearts closer to Him we
open our hearts to receive more of God’s grace.
Jacob is role model for all of us in regards to
his appreciation of the inheritance that God offers us. He received the
following blessing from his father.
be every one who curses you,
and blessed be every one who blesses you!”
And so, we are blessed when we fulfill the
Biblical command to honor Mary.
“For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed”
1 John 4:8
“Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”
1 John 4:20
“If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he
is a liar; for whoever does not love a brother whom he has seen cannot
love God whom he has not seen.”
The Pharisee’s came to Jesus. However, even
when they came they could not receive His grace because they had not
humbled their hearts to receive it. God gives us a good example in the
Book of Job. The Book of Job shows that the most direct way to God is
humility. It was only when Job’s friends humbled themselves before God
by accepting Job’s intercession that their hearts were pleasing to God
“ … the LORD said to Eliphaz the Temanite, ‘I am angry with you and
with your two friends; for you have not spoken rightly concerning me, as
has my servant Job. Now, therefore, take seven bullocks and seven rams,
and go to my servant Job, and offer up a
holocaust for yourselves; and let my servant Job
pray for you; for his prayer I will accept, not to punish you severely.
For you have not spoken rightly concerning me, as has my servant Job.’
Then Eliphaz the Temanite, and Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the
Naamathite, went and did as the LORD had commanded them.
And the LORD accepted the intercession of Job.”
1 Kings 13:4-6,
“… pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a
righteous person is very powerful.”
Augustine once said that humility is the mother
of all virtues. That's true because all other virtues flow from a heart
Jesus’ example of humility.