Saturday, December 28, 2013

Mary as Mediatrix of All Graces

How sad it must be to be Protestant in the end, when all things are considered. I was listening to the praise and worship station on the satellite radio, and "Live with Abandon" by Australian band the Newsboys came on. Here's the chorus:
I wanna live with abandon/Give You all that I am/Every part of my heart Jesus/I place in Your hands/I wanna live with abandon
Since the feast of the blessed Apostle and Evangelist John, the beloved disciple, was yesterday, it is worthy to look to his Gospel for some meat on this question. Also, before I proceed, I'm not suggesting that the band is deliberately doing anything or that this isn't Christian. I think it is an awesome desire, actually. I just want to add another dimension to this, one that is fully Catholic and one that allows us to actually turn over ourselves to Our Lord.

Only in John's Gospel do we see the wedding at Cana. Our Lord at first seems reluctant to do something. "Do whatever He tells you," our Blessed Lady directs the servants as she asks her Son to come to the aid of the bridal couple about to be embarassed by running out of wine. Our Lady's role as intercessor is shown, since she comes to the aid by praying to her Son. More specifically, she is Mediatrix of All Graces. The grace that originates in Jesus Christ flows through her. Our Lady is established as Mediatrix of All Graces when she was declared "full of grace" and to be with child, pregnant with the Son of the Most High, at the Annunciation. This is, in my view, the first example of the Mediatrix of All Graces in action.

In the Passion as recounted by St. John, Our Lord presents John to His Mother and vice-versa. "Woman, behold your son...Son, behold your Mother." Mary takes us as spiritual children, led by John. We are to look up to her as she leads us on the way of faith. We should also keep in mind that the pouring of blood and water from the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus out of the side of Our Lord is the birth of the Church, the institution headed by Christ through which sanctifying grace is dispensed. If Mary is the Mother of God, then she is also Mother of the Church, for the Church is the Body of Christ.

Remember, as St. Josemaria Escriva said, "Before, by yourself, you couldn't. Now, you've turned to our Lady, and with her, how easy!" Salvation in by cooperation with grace in the life of faith, hope, and charity alone, and we need a gentle prodding (or two, or three...) in order to cooperate with that grace and in order to persist in moving towards Christ and perfecting ourselves. There is no better helper and no better example than Our Lady, conceived without sin, for us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

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