Father Mike Schmitz explains how loving Mary is actually a way to enhance your love for God. He uses an example of visiting a girlfriend’s parents and getting to know and love them. By getting to know people who are important to her, it allows you to get to know her more and the same thing is true when it comes to God. To get to know someone that God Himself loves and knows doesn’t take our love away from God it actually amplifies our love of God. The more you love Mary the more you should love Jesus.
Why do we call Mary our mother? It is because Jesus, from the cross, gave her to us as a mother (we are his disciples).
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.John 19:26-27.
Using the word ‘Woman’ has the meaning of referring back to Eve, the first woman who is the mother of all the living. Jesus is referring to Mary, the mother of all the redeemed. We must have a relationship with her, it was Jesus who upheld the responsibilities that children have to their parents and parents have to their children.
Where is Mary in your life? Have you taken her into your home?