Written on 11 December 2014, 09.50 by Gene C.Alberto

Was Mary without sin?

Indeed Mary is the only creature of whom the Scripture says that “her soul is full of grace, untouched in any way by sin.”  She was conceived without the defect of original sin.  (Catholics call this reality the “Immaculate Conception.”)  Throughout her life as well, God prevented her from committing any actual sin.

Why would God have granted Mary such a gift?

When the eternal Word took on flesh (see Jn 1:14), he took His flesh from her.  God wanted His sinless Son, Jesus, to receive His human nature from a sinless mother.  And it was most fitting for Jesus to be reared by a woman without sin.

 

 

Why do Catholics honor Mary?

Because God Almighty bestowed upon Mary the greatest honor even accorded to a creature when He chose her to be the mother of His divine Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Do we refer to Mary as the mother merely of the human nature of God incarnate?

Neither do we refer to Mary as the mother merely of the human nature of the body of God incarnate, but as the Mother of God.

In this light, the Church concluded that not only is it correct to call Mary the Mother of God, but it is important to do so.  Mary is the mother of the one Person, Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God in flesh.  If we deny that she is the Mother of God, then we are denying that Christ himself is God came down from heaven.  Truly as St. Paul declared “God sent his Son born of a woman” (Gal 4:4)

References: Gen 3:15, Jer 1:5, Is 9:5, Ps 14:2-3, Lk 1:15, Jn 1:3-14, 5:17-18, Rom 3:10-12, Heb 4:14-5, Col 1:15-19, Rv 21; Catechism of the Catholic Church: 273, 411, 485-495, 508-509, 721-723, 963-972, 2030

 

 

 

 

 

 

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