Sacred Tradition. . . (and this is not said in a sarcastic way.)
I mean, we know from the Bible itself that Jesus spoke, and did, more than is recorded in the gospels. And from 33 AD (or so) until 380 AD, there was no ‘written’ record, no canon of written Scripture. Oral, sacred tradition is one of the two ‘branches’ of “the word” and was such for all Christians. Orthodox also have sacred tradition. It was only with the rise of ‘sola scripture’ which is a comparatively recent development that the idea came about that if it wasn’t “in the book” it just ‘wasn’t so.’
We are told in Genesis 3:15 that the serpent will strike at the offspring of the woman. Now, we know that Adam and Eve sinned, falling short of the glory of God. We know that Jesus is the new Adam. Now, if we have a new Adam, we need a new Eve as well, do we not? Who is the mother of that “new Adam”, the first fruits, the first born of many brothers? It is Mary. Mary is the new Eve.
Much as the word “Bible” is never found in the Bible, or the nature of the Trinity spelled out that Father is equal to Son is equal to Holy Spirit, Mary is the new Eve.
Not that I am ‘denigrating’ the Scripture, which is a very important part of all Christian life. But Christ founded a church, not a book. He gave authority to a man, not a book. He told us to make disciples in the name of the Father, Son, and Spirit, not in the name of a book.
Is it ‘necessary’ to believe that Mary is the new Eve in order to achieve salvation? In one way, no. After all, Christ is the way, truth and life, and we are given no other name by which we may be saved.
But on the other hand, Christ came to us through Mary, did He not? One of the characteristics of God is that He is eternal and unchanging. So Christ came to us through Mary, comes to us now through Mary, and will continue to come through Mary. (which does not make Mary equal to Christ; she is God’s most perfect creature, not God herself).
Knowing that God chose her to be the Mother of His Son for all time, not just from AD 1-AD 33 ish, our outlook for Mary becomes a little different. She isn’t ‘just’ a vessel. She isn’t just someone ‘ordinary’ or even worse than ordinary, who had her 15 minutes of fame and then either faded or is seeking some sort of prima donna comeback.
Giving the honor to Mary that she deserves as Mother of God, as the holy vessel, as the new Eye, is giving honor to the God who made her this.
Honoring Mary is honoring Jesus even more, because all that she is, is through him.
Out of the rib of Adam, God created “the mother of the living”. But Adam and Eve sinned, and lost paradise, and their children were under the power of death.
Out of an immaculate conception, God create the Mother of His Only Son. Because of Jesus, death has no more power over us. We know that we are all brothers and sisters (as Paul said).
Well, don’t brothers and sisters have the same mother? If Jesus is our brother, isn’t Mary our heavenly mother as well?