Being the “surrogate mother” of “man-Jesus”, Mary has an exalted and uniquely chosen position for this purpose that everyone has to acknowledge. Catholic official position is that Mary is “not worshipped” and only the risen Christ is the “Intercessor” as in I Timothy 2:5 “For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,” Moreover, Catholicism recognizes that “necromancy”is abominable, as in Deut. 18:10–12 and so was what Saul did through the witch of Endor in 1 Samuel 28.
But, praying/petitioning to others who died like apostles, saints or even Mary, is explained away and justified. The crux of this teaching can only be explained if the “dead” are “alive” in heaven. Are they alive, really? What happens when we die? We know that the “breath-of-life” goes back to God at death; yet, without a body, can it act? The quaesitum maybe found in my previous post “Death, what is?”.
Risen Christ Jesus
Only a risen person who was resurrected to life with an immortal body can intercede and respond to our prayers, supplications and petitions. Here are verses to ponder:
Romans 8:34 “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” (NKJV)
Hebrews 7:25 “Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.”(NIV)
Read also other verses proving Jesus Christ as the only living person that has the capacity to hear our prayers and petitions to act and intercede for us.
Indeed, Mary is the mother of man-Christ Jesus through a process of surrogacy. She has an exalted, unique and reverent role in the plan of God for our salvation. She has to be acknowledged and respected as such, without question nor reservation.
That said, she is still dead like David and Jacob; her bones still with us and no one has been resurrected to life except Jesus, the “first born” among the dead, the “Son of God”, the pioneer and trailblazer of our salvation achieved for us through an “ongoing creation”.
While her “breath-of-life” went back to the Creator God, she has not been resurrected to life with an immortal body that can be used to act. Mary is not perfect literally and has “imputed sin from Adam”.
Nevertheless, our goal is to seek the truth and not to alienate anyone who has different beliefs. Hopefully, God will open our “eyes to see and not just have ears to hear”.
Dedicated to all those who believe that Mary can hear and act on our prayers.
Original hyperlink version posted:December 22, 2020. Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 800 years.
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