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July 26th, 2011

If You Were God How Would You Create Your Mother?

Mother Mary and Baby Jesus

It is quite interesting how a lot of Christians treat the Mother of Jesus Christ as how people treat an envelope containing an important document or parcel. The envelope is usually trashed away after the content it contains is delivered. Many Christians see Mary as such; she is just an ordinary girl that God chose to use for His purpose, nothing special! Just like an envelope you see? Well, we shall see from the Scriptures whether this is really the case.

Is Jesus Christ God?

Did the Scriptures indicate in any way that Jesus is God? If so where are those indications? According to the Prophet Isaiah, the Messiah/Christ would be God.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-7 RSV)

In the New Testament, there are many indications pointing to the fact that Jesus is God.

For example in the Gospel of John it is written: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. (John 1:1-3 RSV)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. (John 1:14 RSV)

Jesus after healing a man on the Sabbath made the Jews quite angry and very disturbed. The Jews got mad when they heard Jesus making Himself equal to God. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working still, and I am working.” (John 5:17-18 RSV) This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God.

Jesus again was about to be stoned when he called God His Father. “I and the Father are one.” The Jews took up stones again to stone him. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of these do you stone me?” The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we stone you but for blasphemy; because you, being a man, make yourself God.” (John 10:30-33 RSV)

Also, when Thomas saw the resurrected Jesus he plainly called Christ God. Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28 RSV)

Is Mary the Mother of God?

This should be one of the easiest truths about Christ that everyone who identifies himself/herself as a Christian should have no problem with but unfortunately this is not the case. I shall attempt to show from the Scriptures that Mary is the Mother of God.

From Isaiah’s prophecy we read: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Imman’u-el. (Isaiah 7:14 RSV)

This is the very first indicator of Mary as the mother of God. Of course, Mary is a creature and did not create God. That is not the point over here. She is a creature that God the Father chose to bring forth His only Begotten Son. In other words Mary is the Mother of God the Son since Jesus is God as demonstrated earlier. I know this is as mysterious a thing for many to grasp just like the Incarnation itself, both of which can never be separated. Without the Motherhood of Mary there would be no Incarnation of Jesus Christ.

The plain fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy are shown below:

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.” (Luke 1:26-33 RSV)

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit; she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife, but knew her not until she had borne a son; and he called his name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25 RSV)

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5 RSV)

If you were God how would you create Your Mother?

Jesus in the Gospel notes that we human beings despite our evil deeds are good to our children.

Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets. (Matthew 7:9-12 RSV)

Do you think Jesus who is God would do anything less for His Mother?

Scripture demonstrates that anything that God touches become holy and also God loves to dwell in holy places. Consider the encounter of God with Moses via the burning bush scene:

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. And Moses said, “I will turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.” When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here am I.” Then he said, “Do not come near; put off your shoes from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” (Exodus 3:2-5 RSV)

Also, consider the Ark of the Covenant was so holy only a few could touch it:

And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die. These are the things of the tent of meeting which the sons of Kohath are to carry. (Numbers 4:15 RSV)

And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there because he put forth his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God. (2 Samuel 6:6-7 RSV)

Is the Ark of Covenant which contains tablets more important than the Word Incarnate, Jesus Himself? Is the Ark of Covenant holier than the Woman whom God the Father chose to bring forth His only Begotten Son? Think about it!

The moon does not take away from the brightness of the sun, but reflects it. Likewise, Mary does not take away from the glory of her Son, Jesus, but reflects Him. Without the sun the moon is useless, so also, without Christ Mary is nothing.

Almighty God in His wisdom chose to form the body of Christ from the flesh of Mary. The body and blood of Jesus Christ were not from the Father or from the Holy Spirit, for God is pure Spirit. The body and blood of Jesus were formed from His Mother Mary. Jesus had Almighty God as Father and Mary as Mother.

I leave you with this question for you to ponder prayerfully, “If you were God how would you create Your Mother?”

Thank You.

– – – written by Godwin Delali Adadzie. He is a Catholic Christian on fire for Jesus and His Kingdom. He is also the author of ‘Are Catholics Christians?’, ‘Is the Pope the Antichrist?’ and ‘Is the Rosary Biblical?’.

July 15th, 2011

Rosary For Busy People

Rosary For Busy People

These are Rosary meditations for the Hail Marys. It is for those who would like to meditate on the mysteries & still finish their Rosary in 20 minutes! Let us set apart 20 minutes a day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary who does not hesitate to lavish upon us innumerable & most precious graces we need to perform the duties of our state, our christian duties & to sanctify our souls!

Joyful Mysteries (Monday, Thursday, Sunday of Advent)

Annunciation:

1. Mary is Ever Virgin
2. The Angel greets Her,“ Ave Maria !”
3. Mary is ‘Full of Grace’
4. Mary is Ever Blessed
5. Jesus is the fruit of Her womb
6. Mary is Mother of God
7. Mary said ‘Yes’
8. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary
9. All things are possible for God
10. Mary obeyed God

Visitation:

1. Mary visits Elizabeth
2. Elizabeth is pregnant
3. Mary is the Help of Christians
4. Mary is the Arc of the Covenant
5. Mary is The Mother of the Lord
6. Mary Magnifies God
7. God is Her Savior
8. All ages shall call Her Blessed
9. John the Baptist is born
10. He asked people to repent

Nativity:

1. In the Beginning was the Word
2. The Word was God
3. Through Him all things were made
4. The Word was made flesh
5. The Angels sing !
6. The Shepherds adore !
7. The Magi bring gifts !
8. Myrrh to honor His Crucifixion !
9. Frankincense to honor His Divinity !
10. Gold to honor his Kingship !

Presentation:

1. Jesus is taken to the Temple
2. Jesus is Consecrated to God
3. Mary is purified
4. Jesus is not subject to the law
5. Yet to teach obedience He submits to it
6. Mary does not need purification
7. Yet in Humility She submits to it
8. Simeon blessed them
9. I have seen thy salvation
10. A sword shall pierce the Immaculate heart !

Finding the Child Jesus:

1. Jesus is 12 years old
2. He goes to the temple for the Passover feast
3. Jesus stayed back in the temple without His parents knowing it
4. They realize that He is accidentally lost
5. They are anxious
6. When we lose Jesus we are anxious
7. No Jesus, No peace
8. Know Jesus , Know peace
9. On the third day they find Him.
10. Everyone is astonished at His Wisdom !

Sorrowful Mysteries (Tuesday, Friday, Sunday of Lent)

Agony in the Garden:

1. My soul is sorrowful unto death
2. Be vigilant & watch
3. In His agony He prayed more earnestly
4. He sweated blood
5. He saw our sins
6. Our sins wound His heart
7. Let this cup pass away
8. Not my will but thine
9. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
10. Pray for perfect contrition

Scourging:

1. He is falsely accused
2. He is taken before Pilate
3. Barrabas is preferred to Jesus
4. Jesus is scourged
5. He suffered to pay the price for our sexual sins
6. Our Body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit
7. We must keep our bodies pure
8. He is wounded for our transgressions
9. He was bruised for our iniquities
10. By His stripes we are healed

Crowning with thorns:

1. Jesus is the King of kings
2. His kingship is mocked
3. They strip off His clothes
4. They make a crown of thorns
5. They force it upon His head
6. They give Him a reed as scepter
7. He suffered to make reparation for our pride
8. They spat on Him
9. They struck Him on the head
10. Jesus is the King of the Jews

Carrying the Cross:

1. He carried the whole world’s sin on His shoulders
2. He was condemned to death
3. He fell 3 times
4. His shoulders were wounded
5. He met His Mother
6. Ema(Mother) , behold I make all things new
7. Holy Face of Jesus , I adore thee !
8. Weep not for me , but for yourselves !
9. Take up your cross & follow me !
10. My yoke is easy & my burden is light !

Crucifixion:

1. Jesus is nailed to the cross
2. Father forgive them
3. This day you’ll be with me in paradise
4. Woman behold your son
5. Son Behold your Mother
6. Mary is the new Woman(Eve)
7. I thirst
8. It is finished
9. Into your hands I commend my spirit
10. Precious blood sanctify me !

Glorious Mysteries (Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday of Easter season & ordinary time)

Resurrection:

1. Jesus is Risen !
2. Jesus is the resurrection & life
3. Death has no power over Him
4. Fruit of this mystery: Faith
5. Faith in His Divinity
6. Faith in the efficacy of His Crucifixion
7. Faith in His Resurrection
8. He is no longer in the Tomb
9. His resurrection gave us a new life
10. Blessed are they who don’t see, yet believe !

Ascension:

1. I am with you always
2. Go & preach all nations
3. The Holy Spirit shall empower you
4. My peace I give you
5. Jesus gave them the ability to forgive sins
6. The fruit of the Ascension is Hope
7. Hope of His return
8. Hope of Eternal life
9. Christ is King
10. Jesus is our mediator with the Father

Pentecost:

1. The Holy Spirit Enables us
2. The Holy Spirit intercedes
3. Holy Spirit the Deity
4. The Holy Spirit is our Friend
5. The Holy Spirit enlightens us
6. The Holy Spirit is the Finger of God
7. The Holy Spirit is the Spouse of Mary
8. The Holy Spirit empowers us
9. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us
10. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Grace & Life

Assumption:

1. The Immaculate goes to Ephesus with St. John the Beloved
2. Mary Consoles , comforts & strengthens the apostles
3. Mary nourishes the church
4. It is time for Mary to go to Heaven
5. Mary goes to make Her Stations of the Cross
6. Mary longs for God
7. Mary’s death is called Dormition (Sleep)
8. She is Assumed into Heaven
9. Her Body & Soul are with God
10. Mary, obtain for me a Happy death

Coronation:

1. Mary , Queen of Heaven & Earth
2. Mary, Queen of Angels
3. Mary, Queen of all Graces
4. Mary , Queen of Creation
5. Mary , Queen of Redemption
6. Mary , Queen of all Saints
7. Mary, Queen of all Hearts
8. Mary , Queen conceived without original sin
9. Mary, Queen of the Rosary
10. Mary, Queen of Mount Carmel

– – – written by Aditya Tawde, servant of Our Lady of Mount Carmel

July 9th, 2011

The Ballad Of Mary

The Ballad Of Mary

I’ll sing of a maiden
With a beauty so rare
Mother of Our Saviour
From the land of Israel.

Requested by Gabriel
To bring forth God’s Son
The Redeemer of all
From the evil of sin.

Oh Immaculate Virgin,
Dear Mother of us all,
Your “Yes” was required
To redress Adam’s fall.

And now loving Spouse
Of the Spirit of Love
We desire to bring others
To share in our trove.

And as Our Lord Jesus
Is always with You
May we draw ever closer
To walk with You two…

For life is a vocation
To follow Your Son
God’s source of salvation
For each and everyone.

– – – written by Liam O Comain

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