**Alternate title; Mary had a little Lamb (of God).
(Please note that apparently I broke the character limit. This will be broken up into three posts).
As Catholics we hold a special place of honour for our Mother, Mary. This can be somewhat confusing to non-Catholics, who have several misconceptions and questions regarding Marian devotions. They question as to why Mary is held in such high regard. They ask why we ask her for prayers. In some cases they even say “you pray to Mary and worship her”. And that the Catholic position on Mary is squarely Biblical. Oddly enough, the Biblical passage in question is not within the Gospel of Luke.
To understand Mary, we must know her story. And Mary’s story goes back before the Gospels. It goes back before the prophets. It goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden and the dawn of Man.
God creates the world, and he creates man. Man was not complete, so he created a woman. Man and woman he created them, in His image. Sadly, original sin happened, and humanity began to descend into a downward spiral. God still shows us His perfect love, but for a few years (ie; every year ever) humanity continues to mess up. And after all of that, God eventually says; “it’s time to set things right. I’ve sent JUDGES. I sent PROPHETS. I gave them KINGS. I freed them from slavery. And STILL they turn away from Me. Enough is enough”.
“It’s time. To. Set. Things. Right.”
So thus it begins. Things begin to fall into place the way of the Lord is prepared. To the point where God even sends us one last time a prophet. John the Baptist, the last of the Old Prophets. God is going to send us His Son. To do this though, preparations must be made. The first is that Jesus will fitful the old law. He is the New Covenant. And like the Old Covenant, an Ark must be prepared. The old Arc was revered and honoured by the Jewish Nation. Christ Jesus knows this, and knows that as the New Covenant HIS Ark will be treated likewise. So His Ark, a woman, must be prepared for this role and worthy of such honour.
Second, Christ is also the new Adam. He has come to bring us back to the way we were before the Fall of Man. But the Hypostatic Union (Jesus Christ being fully God and fully Man) only covers the role of Adam. There must be an Eve to balance the equation, yet it must be done in such a way as to not place her on equal level with God, as there is only one God and one God alone. She must be worthy of of honour, but not of divine worship and adoration (lest it goes to her head and pride takes over). These two points dovetail nicely and mesh well together. God sees this plan and like it. He’s God, so it’s all falling into place. God is happy.
Now, Satan knows this is all coming. And he knows that he cannot win a battle against Jesus Christ. He’s already tried this and failed miserably. And after several attempts to sway humanity over to his side, he knows time is running out. Jesus Christ is soon coming to earth, and when He does the Devil is going to have some problems. So there’s only one thing left for him to do at this point. He needs to prevent Jesus Christ from coming to earth at all, without confronting Him directly. And how can he prevent this from happening? The answer makes sense when you think about it using a simple analogy: