The Gospels are at the root of Marian piety

The Virgin Mary is mentioned in the Gospels more times than is commonly believed. Despite her profound humility and self-effacement confirmed by her own words, “I am the servant of the Lord” (Lk 1:38), the New Testament offers a number of verses mentioning Mary. She may be quiet but her silent presence is often felt or suggested.

 

Mary is often suggested between the lines

 

In fact, reading the Gospels one finds that the Virgin Mary is often suggested between the lines and she is directly quoted in the crucial and decisive moments in the life of her Son, Jesus, the Word of God.

 

  • Mary’s “Fiat” allowed the passage from the Annunciation to the mystery of the Incarnation; 
  • Mary's faith during the Wedding at Cana inaugurated the beginning of Christ’s public life; 
  • Mary's presence at the foot of the Cross at the time of the Passion allowed her to receive from the crucified Word, the universal motherhood of all mankind; 
  • Mary’s “Yes” at the Incarnation allowed the Word to give His Body and His Blood as Eucharistic food, in the evening of Holy Thursday, for the salvation of the world;
  • Mary’s unwavering confidence at the feet of her crucified Son allowed the Church of the Apostles to wait in hope and to see the Resurrection on the third day: Easter ... 

Mary is the privileged path to go to her Son...

 

Bishop Lambiasi explains that the notion of the maternity of the Virgin Mary as Mother of the Savior and Mother of every person, continually leading her children to her Son because her own life is but relative to her, takes its roots in the New Testament. Mother of God and Mother of the Church, as attested by the Scriptures themselves, the Virgin Mary our Mother is both our model of Christian life and the best placed advocate and mediatrix to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Therefore piety and devotion to Mary is, as stated so well by Saint Louis Grignion de Montfort, “the shortest way to go to her Son” …

 

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MDN Team