Mary brings to us the maternal role of the Holy Spirit in our supernatural life.
The love of God can sometimes be compared to both a fatherly and motherly love. Both kinds of love have their primary source in God. According to scripture we find in God a type of tenderness which is not only fatherly, but motherly as well. It was this tenderness that brought forth the heart of a mother.
As nurslings you shall be carried in her arms, and fondled in her lap: as a mother comforts her Son, so will I comfort you. (Is.66:12-13) “Zion said: The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me. Can a mother forget her infant, or be without tenderness for the child of her womb? Even should she forget, I will never forget you?” Is.49:14-15). The author of Psalm 131 v2 tells us, that he kept his soul quiet and peaceful in God’s presence, just as a little child does, enfolded in his mother’s embrace.
In the story of creation God created Adam the first man and a then a woman (his wife Eve). Adam began to name all the creatures in the universe which he had been given by God. This authority or dominion over the creatures models God’s role as Lord of the Universe in a human way. (Gen.1:26-27)
Eve whose name means Mother of the Living was blessed through God’s spirit. So that men and women would know themselves more fully as male and female truly reflecting God’s image and likeness. Man without women does not reflect God’s image and women without man gives an incomplete image of God. Both together they reflect in a human way the image of God.
But sin entered the world when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and the succeeding generations were now banished from God’s presence. (Gen .2:17) Then God promised He would restore the lost unity through one of the descendants of the woman who would crush the head of the serpent who was the enemy of God’s people. (Gen.3:15) The prophecy of Isaiah 7:14 says, that the maiden is with child and will give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel.
The God of tenderness and compassion (Exodus 34:6) overshadowed Mary with the power of His Holy Spirit to become the Mother of God and the Mother of all the Living . Her union with God through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit now brings to us the maternal role of the Holy Spirit for our supernatural life. (Luke 2: 26-38) Filled with grace from God’s divine gift of love and life her prayers bless us with all the spiritual blessings we will need to pray for others. (Rev.22:17)
These spiritual gifts mentioned in Is.11:2 and in (1Corinthinains Chapters 12, 13, 14) empower us to pray in the power of God’s Holy Spirit for the healing and conversion of hearts that have rejected God’s love.
She is honoured in the Catholic Church with many titles such as Mother of God, Mother of the Church, Queen of the Angels etc. As Mary of the Angelus members we honour her role as Mother of the Word Incarnate and Mediatrix of all Graces. We proclaim her as our Patron Saint and role model for our prayer mission to give birth to the love of Jesus in the hearts of those we pray for.
The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come” Let everyone who listens answer, ‘Come’. Then all who are thirsty come: all who want it may have the water of life, and have it for free.” (Rev.22:17)
For some Christian faiths there is antipathy or rejection of Mary’s role in God’s plan for salvation. The foundation of those concerns can often be traced back to the division that occurred at the Reformation where Mary’s role was misunderstood and exaggerated by devout followers and critics of the Catholic Church.
In my life I strenuously rejected Mary’s role and dismissed the notion of even asking the Holy Spirit to share with me about Jesus’ relationship with his mother. My deeply rooted prejudices blinded me until I prayed one day,
“Come Holy Spirit and grant me the gift of wisdom to love all those you love. Sanctify me through the fire of your Spirit and extinguish within me all forms of religious bigotry that may taint my spiritual growth. Set me free to receive all the spiritual gifts and blessings Mary received from God’s Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray.“ (The Book of Wisdom Chapter 7 & Luke 1:46-56)