Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Consecrating Oneself to Mary

Q: If you've already consecrated yourself to God or Jesus, is it necessary to consecrate yourself to Mary?

A: This is a very good question; it’s one that I’ve asked too. First off, I’d like to talk about who Mary is and, more importantly, what role she played and still is playing. Mary is the Immaculate Conception; meaning she was conceived without sin. In her obedience to bear God’s Son, she became the first Christian. At Cana, she spoke to Jesus on the behalf of the newlyweds who had run out of wine. On Calvary, by giving John to Mary as her son, Jesus gave all of humanity over to her as her spiritual sons and daughters. If this were not the case, what Jesus did would make no sense. John was not an orphan, so he needed no mother in the physical sense. Notice that in both events, Mary is the helper and motherly figure to humanity.

Some would still argue that these are not good enough reasons to consecrate one’s self to Mary and say that doing so would put her on the same level as God. I would ask that you reflect on the words Mary speaks in Cana: “Do whatever He tells you.” John 2:5 Those don’t sound like the words of a woman who will try to lead us from God. By consecrating ourselves to Mary, we take the hand of Jesus’s mother and allow her to help us in our journey towards Christ.

Scott Hahn’s book Hail, Holy Queen is very informative on this subject and an excellent read! God bless!