This is acutally a question about Mary as much as it is about Jesus.
I am in a conversation about Mary with a family member who I love. She is not Catholic. I am.
Curiously, our conversations began with some questions from her about Mary. She said that she “honored” Mary, but had trouble understanding the Catholic teachings on her. The door was opened, it seemed.
In the process of our exchanges, however, she has come to retract some of her previous statements by saying that Mary is a sinner just like the rest of us and not to be honored any more than anyone else. In all fairness, I think that she is probably saying this as a reaction to my position–not necessarily because she actually believes that Mary isn’t to be honored. That’s my Pollyanna perspective in any case.
The issue at hand. . .
One of our most recent exchanges has been about Mary’s true motherhood of Jesus. In essence, my FM (family member) says that Mary had no role in the conception of Jesus. . .she had no choice in the matter. As I attempted to defend the Blessed Mother’s faithful obedience, I said that Mary was truly the mother of Jesus as he recieved from her everything that a child recieves from a parent. She is his mother in every sense.
To that she responded (I’m quoting here): Mary didn’t make Jesus that way–she was a sinner just like the rest of us. Mary was imperfect and could have actually influenced him in the wrong way just because of her own sin nature.
Needless to say, I am less concerned at this point about her Mariology and much more concerned about her understanding of the Lord.
Any thoughts here?