MARY, THE SAINTS, THE ANGELS, THE DEMONS
Is Jesus the only mediator?
I read in a newspaper: "Pray to the Virgin Mary if you want to ignore the Bible." A biblical quotation follows: "Jesus is the only Mediator."
Like all Catholics, I believe that Jesus is the only Mediator. We owe Him our salvation.
Yet, this does not prevent me from finding in the saints, primarily in God's Mother, Mary, intercessors who pray with me and for me. Are we not a large family, the "communion of saints", according to the creed, brothers and sisters who live a life of love and mutual aid?
Devotion to Mary has always been part of our Christian heritage. Throughout the ages, saints have honored Mary and have invoked her. She led them to Jesus.
If I pray to Mary, it is because I respect the Bible.
In the Holy Scripture, Mary, Jesus' mother, is presented in a veiled way in the Old Testament, and in a clear and lucid way in the New Testament. She is revealed to me in all her splendor, in all her goodness. I venerate her, I pray to her, I try to imitate her and I preach about her.
In the Old Testament, I see the figure of Mary already sketched in Genesis, as the woman who is the enemy of the Serpent; her offspring will crush its head (Gn 3: 15). I find Mary in the noble women of the Old Testament. I hear the prophet Isaiah proclaiming: "The maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel" (Is 7: 14).
I admire Mary whom the evangelists present for my contemplation. When Matthew and Luke speak of the Infant Jesus, as they do when He was visited by the Magi (Mt 2: 1ss), or at the time of the annunciation and the visitation (Lk 1: 26ss), they always mention the presence of His Mother.
As for Saint John, he draws our attention to God's Mother at the beginning and at the end of Jesus' public life. When Mary intervened during the wedding at Cana of Galilee, she hastened Jesus' ministry and provoked his first miracle (Jn 2: 1ss). And when Jesus died, Mary stood faithfully at the foot of the cross (Jn 19: 25ss).
Mary is the great sign appearing in heaven, as we read in the book of Revelation: "a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown" (Rv 12: 1).
When I see all that she has done for us, for humanity, thanks to her yes, thanks to her fiat, I love her and venerate her (Lk 1: 38).
I know she is God's creature, but God chose her to be His Son's mother, unique in the graces that adorn her, unique in her mission.
Jesus is our only Mediator, a Mediator of justice. He alone saves us. Mary, in her maternity, cooperates with her divine Son. As Pope John Paul puts it: "She has a maternal mediation".
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