I want to do a question about “Our Lord” and “Our Lady” expressions.
I suppose in English “Our Lord = Jesus”, and “Our Lady = Mary”, right? In Portuguese, we say “Nosso Senhor = Jesus”, and “Nossa Senhora = Maria”.
In Exodus 20,3, we have: “Thou shalt not have strange gods before me.”. It means Yahweh doesn’t admit other gods: just He exist.
We understand Jesus as being our God too, and we atribute to Jesus the title Our Lord recognising He’s God (Lord), and we’re His servants. Until here, very nice. But something strange – at least, in a first moment, for me – is when we call Mary by Our Lady. Although we understand She’s not a goddess (although a very respectable woman), doesn’t sound strange call Her by Our Lady?
It seems we’re putting Her in the same level of Jesus calling Her by “Lady” while Jesus by “Lord”: something like a Goddess and a God. I understand Mary is below Jesus in lordship terms…
How to solve this problem with words? Is really the word “Lady” appropriated?