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Mary in Scripture and history
Dr. Frank Mobbs (AD2000 Letters, February 2015) has exhibited a tendency to cover over truth as found in Scriptural texts. It is called blinkered interpretation.
He undermines the referral by Jesus, to His mother Mary, as woman ("Woman, what is that to me and to thee?" at Cana, and "Woman this is thy son," from the cross) in the Gospel texts, which are of supreme importance to mankind, for Jesus' deliberate and extraordinary action in naming Mary "woman" clearly indicates that she is the woman of Scripture.
Dr Mobbs does no favour to the Church nor to Mary to suggest that these momentous writings from John's Gospel have no special and wonderful referrals to Mary's work in salvation history.
And I refer readers to two other references to the woman as found in Holy Scripture:
"I will put enmity between you and the woman and your seed and her seed: she shall crush your head and you shall lie in wait for her heel" (Gen. 3.15),
"And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and on her head a crown of twelve stars." (Apoc. 12.1).
Different interpretations are given to these momentous verses of Scripture but the Church teaches that both statements definitely refer to Mary.
And so we find that the woman is mentioned at the beginning of Scripture and at the beginning of the New Testament but also at the end of Scripture, being also the end of the New Testament.
One of today's greatest problems within Christianity – even including many Catholics – is the deliberate down-grading of Mary, the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven, etc., to an obscure role in the supreme work of salvation fulfilled by Jesus Christ, God-made-man.
Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 28 No 3 (April 2015), p. 11
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