This is one of those “You’ve got to be KIDDING me!” things.
Where is that in the Bible? Answer – it’s not.
And in answering the woman who proclaimed his mother blessed, the Church Fathers understood this as an invitation to seek in Mary that which had so endeared her to God and caused her to be selected as the mother of Jesus. St. Leo said that through faith and love she conceived her son spiritually, even before receiving him into her womb, and St. Augustine tells us that she was more blessed in having borne Christ in her heart than in having conceived him in the flesh.
Um… Did the “Church fathers” ever really READ the Bible? Here’s the passage:
27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.Luke 11:27-28 (KJV)
See. the LORD said, “Yes, rather…” See, it’s a CORRECTION! Not a congratulation, “How right ye are!
The Lord was saying, “don’t worship my mother, she’s no different from you!”
31 There came then his brethren and his mother, and, standing without, sent unto him, calling him. 32 And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. 33 And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? 34 And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 35 For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother. Mark 3:31-35 (KJV)
See, the LORD made it clear – she’s no different than any Christian. Whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my mother, and my sister, and my brother.
Mary did not “Participate in the work of our redemption.” It’s a diminishing of the LORD and an elevation of Mary.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:23-25 (KJV)
The Lord Jesus Christ procured our redemption. Nothing in there about Mary.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (KJV)
“…Let him glory in the Lord!” Not in Mary.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
His blood. Not hers.
Are we reading the same Bible? The Bible is the sole authority of faith and practice. If you cannot justify your faith by the Scriptures, then you are practicing an unBiblical faith. See John 14:6.
- Immaculate Heart of Mary? (matthew714ministries.wordpress.com)
- Rosary No More!! Why I Stopped Praying The Rosary!! (Testimony of a Former Roman Catholic) (soulrefuge.org)