One thing she can do with them that Christ can’t is she can give them to Christ!
Seriously, she doesn’t do anything more with them. And she does not in any way prevent any one from praying directly to God.
Imagine you want to go out for the evening. You want to ask your father, but your mother is a bit better at buttering him up. You ask your mother ‘would you talk to Dad for me, please?’ She does. Then, she says to you, ‘go and talk to your father’.
You still have to ask your father’s permission, and you did speak to your mother about it, but the permission was STILL granted by your father. You still have a father. You still speak to your father. Your request was still granted by your father.
Do you think, in this scenario, that talking to your mother removed your father from the equation?
1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
True. Very true.
I heard a Catholic say that Mary is the signpost to God. So can comeone please tell me, why pray to the signpost when you can pray to God himself?
Well, for starters, as a person that tries analogies all the time, I know that some analogies are not as good as others. Sometimes, they make sense to one audience, but no sense at all to others.
Sounds like you (and I) are in the audience for whom ‘signpost’ is not a good analogy!
Mary is the Mother of God. Period. We can talk to Mary, and we still talk to God.
Scripturally: the story of the wedding in Cana is a great example of us being told to pray to Mary (WHAT OTHER PURPOSE IS THERE FOR THIS STORY TO BE IN THE BIBLE?). In the situation to Jesus performing His first public miracle, Jesus was aware that there was a need (He is omniscient), but the Wine Steward spoke to His MOTHER. She, in turn, told Jesus of the need.
Notice what she did next: she did not tell Him, ‘Oh, but you HAVE to give them the wine’. No. She didn’t say ‘Make it good wine’ even. No. As a matter of fact, what is written in scripture, she didn’t say anything else to Jesus.
But, before Jesus performed this miracle, she spoke the last words attributed to her in scripture: DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU TO DO.
So, we can pray TO Mary (as the Wine Steward of Cana did), but the miracle is still done by Jesus (as was done in Cana)… and we STILL gotta follow His direction?
(I feel a tangent coming on)
Why did the Wine Steward seek out Mary to ask about the wine? There were lots of other people there. I’m sure some wealthier. Some who may have had wine. We don’t know the relation of the bride OR the groom to Jesus, or Mary. Of all the people that Wine Steward COULD have asked for some more wine, he went to Mary, the Mother of our Lord.
She in turn didn’t even ASK Him about the wine. She didn’t ask Him to produce more wine. She didn’t ask Him to quiet the crowd, or to put salt on the food, or anything. She only let Him know of the request. The Wine Steward asked HER, and she put that request, made of her, into the hands of her Son.
And that, my good friend, was how the first recorded Miracle of our Lord came to be.
I’m getting goosey just thinking about it, but does this help you to see WHY you should to to Mary? Or, rather, why you COULD go to Mary?
I think that Signpost was a poor choice (because of how it was taken… I’m sure for some, it’s a perfect illustration)
I think that Mary, esp in the case of the Wedding at Cana, was not being a Sign post, but she was acting as the Queen Mother.