We're back to our "Hail WHO? - What Do Catholics Really Believe About Mary." In this sixth installment, we'll continue on with the next passage of my paper which examines the theological concept of Mary as the new Eve. Whenever Jesus refers to his mother, Mary, as 'woman,' he is referring to the woman referred to in Genesis 3:15, the 'protoevangelium' or first gospel in which God declares that "I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers." When Jesus calls Mary 'woman,' he is indicating her role as the new Eve -- as Eve was to be mother of all the living but fell, Mary is given the role of mother of all people as Jesus is about to die on the cross, and she restores and gloriously transcends all that was lost through Eve's disobedience. Let's begin!
"She it was who, immune from all sin, personal or inherited, and ever more closely united with her Son, offered him on Golgotha to the Eternal Father together with the holocaust of her maternal rights and motherly love, like a new Eve, for all the children of Adam contaminated through this unhappy fall, and thus she, who was the mother of our Head according to the flesh, became a new title of sorrow and glory the spiritual mother of all His members." (36)
"the blessed Mother of God, the New Eve, Mother of the Church, continues in heaven her maternal role with regard to Christ's members, cooperating with the birth and growth of divine life in the souls of the redeemed." (41)
More coming tomorrow! As always, thanks for stopping by.32. Leon-Dufour, Dictionary of Biblical Theology, p. 370.33. Novena to the Immaculate Conception. In Treasury of Novenas by Rev. Lawrence G. Lovasik, SVD. p. 203.34. Lumen Gentium, #56.35. Leon-Dufour, p. 371.36. Calkins, p. 68-69.37. John 19:2738. Calkins, p. 5239. Miravalle, Dr. Mark. "Mary Co-redemptrix: A Response to 7 Common Objections." In Mary Co-redemptrix - Doctrinal Issues Today. p. 106.40. Ibid.41. Calkins, p. 53.
Peace and all good,