Mary, our life, our sweetness, and our hope…

The ultimate purpose of creation is that God “who is the creator of all things may at last become “all in all”, thus simultaneously assuring his own glory and our beatitude.”140  (CCC 294)

 

God made the world wishing to show forth His goodness and share in His happiness. God, from all eternity, willed each and every one of us to exist and has made a plan for us in order to grow in holiness and get to heaven for eternity. Even when God allows for man to act against His will, He always brings a greater good out of the evil and thus in the end God’s will is always done. This should be a comforting thought that no matter what happens, God is in control and will take care of us all. Of course, if we do not follow His law, we will be lost, but if we do follow His law, despite our past sins, we can receive forgiveness and trust that God is in control for ourselves and for others. This is the basis of the Divine Mercy devotion in which we say “Jesus I trust in You.” Surely, there is no clearer example of God bringing good out of evil than the death of His son Jesus. In the most horrible crime ever committed by man, God incarnate was crucified. There has never been nor will there ever be a greater evil in all of history yet at the same time, this is the symbol of our faith, it is the moment of redemption. Because of the incarnation and redemption, we are able to partake in a greater share of glory than we would have even before the fall. In this we see that God brings great good out of both the fall and the worst of sins.

Notice that in the end God’s will was accomplished. We were redeemed and can share in the happiness of God. Also notice however that this is not separate from the glorification of God, as the Catechism says, God’s saving man simultaneously assures His glory and our happiness. In the incarnation and death of Our Lord, we see God in a new light. Of course we see His holiness and justice, but above all else, we see His love. God created man and became man in order to save man. He suffered a cruel death rejected by all for us mere human beings.

Some theological points might make this truth even more impressive. First of all, man is the lowest of all of God’s rational creatures. The angels are above man and more noble. Secondly, God is distinct and infinitely greater than His creation. God is the fundamental reality itself and supreme perfection yet creation as God’s work is imperfect. This gives light to the incarnation because we see how the infinite and perfect God became the lowest of His creatures and shared in our nature. Remember, God did not just take on a human body or the appearance of man. He truly took on our very nature, body and soul, and became man. The God-man Jesus Christ suffered as we and died for our sins. In this, we see the depths of God’s love. God, separate and above all of creation, decided to become one with the lowest of the creatures made in His image and share in something unique to us, namely suffering. He did this for our sake. What greater truth can there be? Remember also that this was God’s plan for all eternity. God wouldn’t have allowed the fall were it not for the possibility of the redemption. From this we can see that from all eternity it was part of the plan of God to not only create, but to become one with His creation, a union that would never end. Some have seen the incarnation as the pinnacle and even goal of creation. Regardless of specifics, the truth remains clear that God from all eternity willed to be one with us for our sake.

Now, there is something peculiar about man. As rational animals, we receive life from our parents and as mammals specifically we have an intimate relationship with our mothers. Jesus had no earthly father, but he did have a mother. It is from his mother Mary that Jesus received his humanity and came into this world as we all do, passing from our mother and then taking our first breadth outside of her womb. God Himself became man in this manner, through a woman. God has a mom, and this sublime truth points to the incarnation more than any other. God had no need to make use of Mary, however He chose to. In this, Mary is raised above all creation as the vessel of God for the most glorious act in all of creation, the very joining of creature and creator in the person of Jesus Christ. There is no creature who has had a more perfect and intimate relationship with this act of God.

We should take a moment to reflect on the significance of what we have said so far. God, from all eternity created the world, willing that he become one with us sharing in our created nature for our sake. In this, the glory of God is made known above all else. When we see Christ, we see the ultimate crowning goal and gift in all of creation, the highest truth of theology, that God is one with man forever. Mary is the vessel whom God used to make this happen. In Mary’s womb God was made man for the rest of eternity. Mary is the greatest of God’s creatures and we honor her for this. In honoring Mary we glorify God by calling to mind the truth of the incarnation.

The highest goals of creation (God showing His goodness and sharing in His happiness) were accomplished through Mary. It should be no surprise that given Mary from all eternity was chosen to crush the head of the serpent and be present alongside Christ at the cross, that Mary has an important role for the rest of time in defeating Satan and driving him into hell. It should be rather obvious that Mary will play an important role in the most trying and difficult times of the Church. Mary is our mother and will help us in all of our needs. God wills for the sake of His glory and our happiness that we have recourse to Mary. For this reason, we should be mindful of her role in these times which can seem very dark at times.

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