This is my second question on Catholic Answers as a Protestant from the Methodist church who is looking into the Catholic church. I don’t mean to offend anyone by my questions, I’m just honestly interested in Catholicism. Much love!
First Question: In Matthew 27:55-61, how do I know that Mary the mother of James and Joseph isn’t Jesus’s mother? Why wouldn’t Jesus’s mother assist in the burial like the Mary the verses are speaking about at this time or did Mary the mother of Jesus already leave at this point? Assuming this is a different Mary, if this Mary was the mother of Jesus would the Bible have explicitly said so?
Second Question: Why do Catholics say Mary is the mother of God? I agree that she is the mother of Jesus, but she is not the mother of God, the omnipotent being. Again, I mean no offense by this question I’m just trying to understand. Is that just a choice of words?
Third Question How could Mary be born without the stain of original sin? She was human just like everyone else. Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and found short of the glory of God.”
Fourth Question Can you explain the following Catholic dogmas about Mary? I’m not familiar with the vocabulary.
- Mary gave the Redeemer, the Source of all graces, to the world, and in this way she is the channel of all graces. (Sent. certa.)
- Since Mary’s Assumption into Heaven no grace is conferred on man without her actual intercessory co-operation. (Sent. pia et probabilis.)
- Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces by her co-operation in the Incarnation. (Mediatio in universali.)
- Mary is the Mediatrix of all graces by her intercession in Heaven. (Mediatio in speciali.)
- Mary, the Mother of God, is entitled to the Cult of Hyperdulia. (Sent certa.)
Thank you to everyone who answers this question! I appreciate the time it takes to answer them.
God bless you all!
~A sister in Christ