Andrew and I were saying prayers together the other night and had the following conversation (He’s 6 so we NEVER get through prayers without a million questions!)
ME: Let’s ask our Blessed Mother to pray for all the orphans all over the world and wrap them in her loving Mother’s heart.
ANDREW: Why can’t we just ask God to do that? He is more powerful.
ME : Of course we ask God to take care of the orphans, all the time! And God is the most powerful, but Mary has a special kind of power.
ANDREW: What powers does Mary have? Can she blind the devil?
(insert 10 minutes of questions about fighting the devil here)
ME: Mary has a different kind of power. Her power comes from Her love and compassion as a mother. And the things that are important to her might become a little more important to Jesus!
ANDREW: Well Dad is more powerful than you Mom. (out of the mouths of babes! Haha)
ME: Yes Dad has one kind of power and I have another. When you want something do you only ask your Dad? Do you wish you only had a Dad and not a mother?
ANDREW: NO WAY! I do ask you a lot.
ME: Why do you ask me if Dad has all the power?
ANDREW: You always want to say Yes and sometimes you can make Dad say Yes. And you do give me hugs all the time. You are my Mommy and I love you! (at this point prayers ended and tackling and hugs ensued)
Andrew came to the point of acknowledging, though he can’t quite put the reasoning behind it, that his mother is a treasure, one he would never want to live without. Furthermore, he has a fundamental understanding that He needs me.
In the same way our Mother Mary in Heaven is a gift and treasure to us and we need her.
When Jesus told John from the cross, “Behold, your mother”, he was speaking to every human being. We are all commanded to Behold her as Mother. When He commanded her, “Woman, behold your son” he was commissioning her to take each one of us into her heart. (John 19:26-27) After Jesus was stripped, and mocked and humbled and tortured and nailed to the cross; at a point before death when He had nothing left to give, He did give us one final gift. He gave us Mary.
And did you catch the part at the end of our conversation when Andrew said, “sometimes you can make Dad say yes”?? In the great wisdom of a 6-yr-old, he recognized that I have some sway and some pull. When his Dad might otherwise say no, sometimes I can persuade him to see it a different way. The same thing is VERY true of God! Why else would he allow us to participate with Him in his ministry by praying? Why else would we think our prayers hold any power? Our free will, whether used for good or evil, necessitates that our choices have consequences, good or evil. He hears our prayers and allows us the grace and the gift of answering as we ask according to His divine will. How much more does He grant graces to His humble servant Mary, the very same one He chose to deliver Jesus to the world and the very same one He gave to the world as mother? The very woman who reigns in Heaven as a Queen.
The wedding feast at Cana is a perfect example of this. Jesus wasn’t concerned with the guests having enough wine. He must have known the family was upset or would be embarrassed, yet He doesn’t act until His mother brings it to His attention and asks Him to do something . She knew He could and would and that it was no small thing she was asking of her son. At her request he performs His very first miracle, thereby prematurely launching His public ministry. A son may do such a thing for His dearly beloved mother but would he necessarily go to the same great lengths for his child?
How many times would your mother have to ask you for a favor before you would oblige? And to what lengths would you go to make it happen? Mother’s are afforded the unique ability to ask things of their children and any commandment fearing child will “Honor their Mother” of course.
And let’s step outside of our human intellect and ability to reason for a minute.
Our beautiful Lady has been appearing throughout History all over the world, performing
miracles and giving messages for ALL her children. One apparition in particular gives us visual and supernatural proof of the nature of Mary’s exalted status as Queen of Heaven and the Woman clothed with the Sun in Revelation. In the 1500’s, the Virgin Mary appeared in then Pagan Mexico, to Juan Diego, and told him to ask his bishop for a church to be built in her honor. When Juan Diego reported this, the bishop required proof. Juan Diego then asked the Virgin Mary for proof and was told to gather a very rare rose that was in bloom as proof of the miracle of the apparition. He gathered the roses in his tilma and took them to the bishop and when he opened his tilma not only did the roses fall at his feet but the tilma contained an image, put there supernaturally. This image is still preserved like new on the tilma to this day and scientists agree that it is unprecedented. There are many ‘proofs’ of this miraculous event in both religious and scientific circles and I encourage you to soak in the wonder of it all if you are not already familiar. Read about the truly remarkable scientific findings in her eyes and on her cloak and so much more. You can find the complete story HERE.
Which brings us to the point. What was the result of this apparition? Over 9 million Aztecs converted to Christianity. That sounds like power to me.
Mary existed in time to bring Jesus to the world, and she exists still for the same purpose! Oh what a treasure and a gift Our Mother Mary is.
To Jesus, through Mary
from Mark Mallett’s blog: Why Mary?
On Mission Adoption: MARY