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Mary’s role in our salvation

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  1. Joseph says:

    I might also love to add a bit to what Michael says here about this most amazing mother we have in the Blessed Virgin Mary. Well, I’m not saying I’ll do a better job than Michael but suffice it to say I need to add what I have come to know.

    You see, in salvation history as Almighty God set about searching for His dear Adam (the first man) and his descendants, His beloved creation, He set about “types” and prophecies to help us understand the extent He was willing to go to bring about the completion of the job of creation. This is why we are told in the days of old that “on Holy Saturday the world is silent because the King sleeps; for it is the day He descends to Adam in his bonds and Eve captive with him and says “I am your God, who for your sake have become your son … I order you O sleeper to awake … I did not create you to become a prisoner”

    Prophecies
    – Isaiah 7:14
    Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
    – Isaiah 8:3
    I approached the prophetess and she conceived and gave birth to a son

    1a. Now the birth of Jesus was as follows: After his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18)

    OT Types of Mary
    In Exodus 25, Almighty God instructed Moses to build and Ark, inside which (Hebrews 9:4) was the bowl holding the (1.) manna, (2.) Aaron’s rod that budded and (3.) the tablets of stone. These represent in that order 1. the Bread of life, 2. The priesthood and 3. The law/ King/ ruler. These represents Jesus Christ. This is why at the end of Revelation 11 and beginning of Revelations 12 when the temple of God in Heaven was opened the Arc of the Covenant which was lost on earth was revealed there “behold a woman dressed in the sun …”. Remember that when Revelations or any other Biblical texts were compiled they were not in Chapters or verses, these were added in around 325 – 374 AD and 1470 – 1579 AD respectively to make it easier to study.
    After the completion of the Ark of the Covenant in the OT, the Shekinah Glory or the pillar of fire by night and smoke by day came to overshadow the place where the Ark was housed. At the Annunciation the Spirit of God overshadowed the Blessed Virgin Mary and God became Incarnate in her womb.

    As Mary approached Elizabeth her cousin, the babe in her womb leapt for joy. David the prophet, dressed in the priestly garb danced in front of the approaching Ark of the Covenant; John the Baptist son to Zecharia (a Levite priest) and Elizabeth (a descendant of the tribe of Aaron – a Levite priest) was a pure Levite priest who also danced in front of the approaching Ark of the Covenant.

    There are many parallels or types of Mary in the OT that are deliberately explained and revealed in the NT by the Gospel writers and Paul to reveal who Jesu Christ really was (second Adam and Son of God) and together with Him, Mary the second Eve. We will not go into those here because it is a full and extensive teaching on its own. However, let’s skip over and look at Mary the twelve year old (little over a child) spouse of the Holy Spirit who gave up the charms of a life in the Temple to be the mother of God and all that it entailed.

    At the Annunciation the angel says to Mary “Hail O favoured one, the Lord is with thee…”, however in the Latin Vulgate which is the first translation of Hebrew texts to Latin, it says “Ave gratia plena : Dominus tecum : benedicta tu in mulieribus” which means “Hail full f grace: The Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among woman”. Thus Mary was full of grace before the Incarnation by the act of Almighty God who just as He Himself had earlier directed the flawless construction of the first Ark of the Covenant, now willed the second Ark of the womb of Mary to be flawless and a worthy dwelling of the Son of God. The one and only Redeemer between Almighty God and man redeemed His mother, “The Woman” from the corruption of sin.

    In the drama of salvation, Mary cooperates with the Will of God so perfectly to bring about our salvation; at the foot of the cross Mary doesn’t fight or try to fight the Roman soldiers for she herself also offered her son on the cross to the Will of the Father. Tradition has always held that she would have nailed her son to the cross herself had such been the Will of God for she possessed the gift of faith more perfectly than Abraham.
    In doing all this Mary was mediating for humanity and thus The Son in turn offered “the woman”, over to the beloved desciple as a Queen mother that always intercedes for her children.

    Sorry I have tried my best to shorten to the point where I really hope that this still retains the beloved truth of this Magnificent mother. In her own words, filled with Holy Spirit she says “…henceforth all generations shall call me Blessed for He that is mighty has done a mighty thing for me and great is His name.”

    There is a good resource at the EWTN website for this teaching and Catholic dogmas on The Blessed Virgin Mother, (http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/marymenu.htm)

  2. P.R.Margeot says:

    Thank you, Joseph, for this most enlightening and fascinating story so well written. Ave Maria.