Dear Brothers and Sisters,
How appropriate for us that today’s Gospel Reading is the account of Jesus’ visit to Martha’s home and Mary sat at His feet, listening to Him! In chapter 17 of St. Louis de Montfort’s book, “The Love of Eternal Wisdom” we are dwelling on our Mother Mary, whom Jesus gave us from His Cross; Mary, chosen from all Eternity by God, His Mother and the Mother of all is that same Mary who listened to ALL her Son said and did, pondering ALL in her heart. The Blessed Virgin Mary is both our Mother and Model.
St. Louis continues to encourage us to “Behold our Mother” as the greatest means of all …for Wisdom:
- The greatest means of all, and the most wonderful of all secrets for obtaining and preserving divine Wisdom is a loving and genuine devotion to the Blessed Virgin.
1 Necessity of genuine devotion to Mary
No one but Mary ever found favour with God (cf Lk 1.30) for herself and for the whole human race. To no other person was given the power to conceive and give birth to Eternal Wisdom. No one else had the power to “incarnate” Him, so to speak, in the predestinate by the operation of the Holy Spirit. The patriarchs, prophets and saints of the Old Testament yearned and prayed for the incarnation of Eternal Wisdom, but none of them was able to merit it. Only Mary, by her exalted holiness, could reach the throne of the Godhead and merit this gift of infinite value. She became the mother, mistress and throne of divine Wisdom.
Mary is His most worthy Mother because she conceived Him and brought Him forth as the fruit of her womb. “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” (Lk 1.42) Hence it is true to say that Jesus is the fruit and product of Mary wherever He is present, be it in heaven, on earth, in our tabernacles or in our hearts. She alone is the tree of life and Jesus alone is the fruit of that tree. Therefore anyone who wishes to possess this wonderful fruit in his heart must first possess the tree that produces it; whoever wishes to possess Jesus must possess Mary.
Mary is also mistress of divine Wisdom. Not that she is above Him who is truly God, or even equal to Him. To think or say such a thing would be blasphemous. But because the Son of God, Eternal Wisdom, by making Himself entirely subject to her as his Mother, gave her a maternal and natural authority over Himself which surpasses our understanding. He not only gave her this power while He lived on earth but still gives it now in heaven, because glory does not destroy nature but makes it perfect. And so in heaven Jesus is as much as ever the Son of Mary, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. As His Mother, Mary has authority over Jesus, who because He wills it, remains in a sense subject to her. This means that Mary by her powerful prayers and because she is the Mother of God, obtains from Jesus all she wishes. It means that she gives Him to whom she decides, and produces Him every day in the souls of those she chooses.
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, we praise and thank You for the gift of Mary to us!