“Ad Jesum Per Mariam”—To Jesus Through Mary
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God
(see Jn 2:5; 19:26-27)
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Just a week ago we happily welcomed Christmas, the Birthday of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior of the world, solemnly marking the definitive day of our freedom from all forms of slavery to the forces of evil.
Today, we let our minds and hearts break into songs of great joy and profound gratitude to God the Father for granting all of us such a blessed honor to celebrate the divine motherhood of the Holy Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ and our Beloved Mother, too.
The Holy Catholic Church, in faithfulness to the Sacred Scripture and Tradition, teaches us the truth that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, is at the same time true God and true Man.
Of the divine conception of Jesus, the Son of God, into the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mother, the Gospel according to Saint Matthew, Chapter 1, verses 20-21, reads:
For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is, therefore, the biological mother of Jesus Christ, Son of God, and God Himself. Assuring us of the true humanity of Jesus Christ, Saint Paul writes in his Letter to the Hebrews, Chapter 4, verse 15:
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin.
Of the double nature of Jesus Christ, Saint John, the beloved disciple of the Lord, firmly teaches us this in his Fourth Gospel, Chapter 1, verse 14:
And the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
The Creed, or solemn and official declaration on Christian faith, by the I Council of Nicea in 325, which we all repeat every Sunday at Holy Mass, says:
I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God.
We have no reason to doubt that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Jesus of Nazareth, Son of Mary and Joseph, a member of our human family, and that She is also the Mother of Christ, the eternal Son of God, and God Himself.
This truth that the Blessed Virgin Mother is truly the Mother of God will by no way cause any harm to our absolute faith in the Most Holy Trinity. On the contrary, by professing our belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of God, we eventually confirm our faith in the truth that Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, born of God the Father from eternity, but then conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Blessed Virgin Mother into our world 2017 years ago, is true God and true Man.
The divine motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary never hinders but really leads all of us Christians, whether Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican or Protestant, to Jesus Christ, Her Beloved Son, as confidently stated by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux:
“Ad Iesum per Mariam”—Latin for “unto Jesus through Mary”.
This statement is strongly backed up by the story reported by Saint John in the Fourth Gospel, Chapter 2, verse 5, of the miracle of water turned into wine by Jesus at the wedding at Cana, thanks to the guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mother to the servers when She sent them to Her Son:
Do whatever He tells you.
The Blessed Virgin Mother also sends us Christians, especially in times of our trials and suffering and confusion, to Her Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, with Her humble yet powerful instruction and recommendation to which surely never will our Lord and Savior say no:
Do whatever He tells you.
This means that our prayer whatsoever will one hundred percent be answered.
Do you know why?
Simply because Jesus Christ Himself has willed it when He about breathing His last on the cross entrusted all of us His believers to His Beloved Mother, and then all of us to Her, as reported by Saint John, in the Fourth Gospel, Chapter 19, verses from 26 to 27:
When Jesus saw His Mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to His Mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your Mother.”
So, the Blessed Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and the Holy Mother of God, is also our Beloved Holy Mother. We are doubtlessly Her children whom She now so powerful in heaven loves and cares for with the same tender and sweet heart with which She loves and cares for Jesus.
For this reason, let all of us turn our minds and hearts to our heavenly Mother and pray as the Church always does:
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Fr. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Nhut, O.P.