Sunday, August 5, 2012

To Jesus Through Who?


So I'm halfway through week 2 of consecration to Jesus through Mary. Last week, I felt incredible conviction of sin. This week, I've been just plain uncomfortable. Montfort says that God made Mary the custodian- the sole custodian “of His treasures & the sole dispenser of His graces.”. My first response is “Huh”? First of all, what precedent for this kind of thing is there in all of biblical history, that God should make one human a custodian of anything He owns? And then I realized that everything I have comes from God in one way or another. In a sense, He considers each one of us custodians over His various treasures here on earth. Why not give Mary the job of minding the storehouse & dispensing grace in the heavenlies? Afterall, He sent Jesus to this earth to bring us a new covenant of salvation. And Jesus still had to ask the Father to send the Holy Spirit to His disciples. The treasury of grace doesn't emanate from Mary herself- she must obtain all from her Son, Who obtains all from His Father through the intercession He offers for us continually...

Montfort also says “The most fearful enemy that God has set up against the devil is Mary...” and he goes on to cite Genesis 3:15. Yes, it does say the enmity is between the woman & Satan, as well as her seed & Satan... I suppose I'd never seen that before in quite that way. If the seed is Jesus, of course the woman must be Mary. So Satan is at odds with Jesus AND Mary. I guess I've always read that verse as meaning Satan would be against both Eve & the human race because she was mother of “the living” (Ge. 3:20). At least that's what we were told... but it doesn't make sense because “the seed” is one person who is specifically denoted as male. According to Catholic theology, If Jesus is the New Adam, Mary is called the new Eve and mother of all those who live according to Christ, beginning with Christ, Who Himself came from Heaven...

Montfort did say something that resonated with me right off the bat. He noted that in the natural, a child must have a father & a mother, so too in the supernatural. “Since Mary produced the head of the elect (Jesus), she must produce the members of that head, that is, all true Christians.” He goes on to say “If anyone wishes to become a member of Jesus Christ... he must be formed in Mary through the grace of Jesus Christ, which she possesses with a fullness...” This actually makes sense to me. If Mary bore a Head, she would have to bear a Body as well. Scripture tells us Jesus is the Head & we are His Body. It would logically follow that Mary bears us as well in some mystical way or that we would have to go “through” Mary to remain united with the Head, Christ, Who has already emerged into the world. It brings new meaning to the idea that we are His hands & feet...

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