I was reading a blog post earlier this week about how unscriptural Catholics are. I don’t have the link to it, sorry! One of the reasons the author states Catholics are unscriptural was because we ‘pray to’ Mary.
First I would like to say the way we say “pray to” differs from others understanding. We ask her to intercede for us. Just like I ask you to pray for me. We still pray to God. Prayer to Mary or anyone else does not replace prayer to God.
Merriam-Webster defines to “pray” this way:
: to speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something
: to hope or wish very much for something to happen
: to seriously ask (someone) to do something
The word “pray” is not only associated to conversation with God. In light of the third definition above, I pray to you that you lift me up as I continue on in this journey.
What really got me thinking though was this.
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!”
Luke 1:41-42 NASB
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Clearly, she was walking with the Lord. Her words become our prayer. We are not worshipping Mary, we are recognizing her and most importantly God, by sharing in the same words Elizabeth used. Maybe we should consider on this topic, that we are following the declaration made in scripture:
“”For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.”
Luke 1:48 NASB
Interestingly enough, I have never even heard of Mary spoken of in my time away from the church.
In light of the above, I call on Mary’s intercession that hearts will be softened and people will understand that she really points us to Jesus, and shows us by her humility the power of God and His love for us.
“And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed. “For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name. “A ND H IS MERCY IS UPON GENERATION AFTER GENERATION T OWARD THOSE WHO FEAR H IM. “He has done mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart. “He has brought down rulers from their thrones, And has exalted those who were humble. “H E HAS FILLED THE HUNGRY WITH GOOD THINGS; And sent away the rich empty-handed. “He has given help to Israel His servant, In remembrance of His mercy, As He spoke to our fathers, To Abraham and his descendants forever.””
Luke 1:46-55 NASB
Hail Mary, full of grace, blessed are you amoung women, blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.