Why Do Catholics Consider the Virgin Mary To Be An Intercessor?

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Q: Why do Catholics consider the Blessed Virgin Mary to be an intercessor?

Isn’t Mary just a created human person, like all the rest of us? And according to the Bible, isn’t Jesus the ONE intercessor between God and man?

Please explain.

A: Since you mentioned the Bible, crack your Bible open to Genesis 3:15. There you’ll see God’s very first promise to fallen mankind, and there you’ll find the first reference to “the woman” whose “seed” would someday crush the head of the serpent. 

People insist on their own intepretation of things, but one thing is certain … Mary is that “woman” … Mary said “yes” when God sent Gabriel to ask her to be the mother of his divine son … and some 9 months hence … Jesus did indeed emerge from Mary’s blessed womb.

Mary remained Jesus’ mom, and his first, best, and most constant disciple, ever since … and if that’s not a selfless act of intercession on behalf of all mankind (second only to God’s) than I don’t know what is.

Furthermore … anyone who expects Jesus to ignore this fact, and merely “discard” his mother Mary, once she had served her purpose, doesn’t know God! 

But there’s more. Go to the Gospel of Luke, chapter 1, verse 32.

Gabriel explains to Mary precisely WHO her son will be. One of his titles is the eternal King of the Royal House of Israel. And since Mary will ALWAYS be Jesus’ mom, Mary will ALWAYS remain the mother of the King.

According to the practices of the Royal House, first established by King David, later observed and followed by King Solomon, and ratified by God, through the authentic scriptures, the MOTHER of the King is the QUEEN, and the official duty of the Queen of the Royal House is to intercede with the King, on behalf of the people.   

Meet me at the 1st Book of Kings, Chapter 2, beginning with verse 12, for the proof.

Witness a disgruntled and powerless Adonais approaching Bathsheba, the Queen Mother, asking her to intercede for him, with  King Solomon. Then, witness the way the Queen is subsequently received:

The Queen enjoys unrestricted access to the King.

As the Queen approaches, the King sets up a throne for her, at this right hand.

He bows, and gives her his undivided attention. 

Those familiar with the Ten Commandments might recognize this as “Honor your Father and your Mother.”

In verse 24, we see Solomon acting on his mother’s request … but not in the way Adonais had expected. Adonais will be put to death!

There’s nothing in the rules that says the King must grant his mother’s request! 

Catholics rightly understand that these Old Testament events prefigure the grace-filled, New Testament reality.

In the New Testament, Jesus works a miracle at Cana, simply because his mother (the woman) asks, while one of the enduring promises of Christ is that all the faithful will rule and reign with him, in eternity.

It was Jesus who clearly stated that he is the God of the living, and not the dead … and that Abraham was able to “see” his coming, and was glad.

For these and other very good reasons, Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen Mother of the House of Israel, and the mother of Jesus Christ, is also alive and in Heaven, ruling and reigning with Jesus, the Eternal King of the Ages, just as he promised.      

11 Comments

  1. Excellent post. To follow up on Mary’s role as Mediatrix (“Queen Mother”, as you so aptly put it) you might want to read:

    http://www.centreleonardboyle.com/Assunta.html

    Luciana Cuppo

  2. Matthew 12:46-50
    New International Version (NIV)

    46 While Jesus was still talking to the crowd, his mother and brothers stood outside, wanting to speak to him. 47 Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.”

    48 He replied to him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”49 Pointing to his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers.50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

    From the above scripture, it’s obvious that Mary is not the “Queen mother” on whose every word Jesus hangs. Even at the wedding feast when Jesus turned water to wine,it was because the time for Him to be manifested as God’s son had come and not because His mother asked. Remember He said, “Woman my time has not yet come”.

    The Bible is also very clear on making images of anything on earth, in Heaven or beneath the earth and bowing to them. How does going contrary to the Word of God help you honor Mary?

    Finally, “For there is ONE GOD, and ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man CHRIST JESUS.” -1st Timothy 2:5,

    The scripture above is very clear. No other mediator. No go betweens. Just man to God through Jesus

    • The Bible is chock full of God-appointed intercessors … from Noah … to Abraham … to Moses … to David … and many more … all of whom were respected by God and permitted to do some important chores for him, for the benefit of their families and for all mankind.

      Your comments about the Blessed Virgin betray the shortcomings of your particular faith tradition … since according to the traditions of the royal house of David … the mother of the king is the queen … and the queen is always treated with the utmost deference and respect, in her role as the royal intercessor for all the people.

      There’s absolutely nothing wrong with Mary bringing specific cases to Jesus, for his attention, any more than there is something wrong with any Christian fervently praying to God for himself and his loved ones.

      And while there’s no doubt that Jesus is THE primary and absolutely essential intercessor between God and man, there’s also nothing preventing Jesus from appointing as many “helpers” as he cares to … from age to age … to assist in his great and ongoing work of salvation. In fact, sharing Jesus’ work and even his throne, is one of the divine promises he made to those who are finally perfected in his grace. And in that regard, at least according to the angel Gabriel, in the first chapter of the Gospel of St. Luke, Mary is and always has been first and foremost.

      What were the Apostles, if not Christ trained intercessors between God and man, who brought the Gospel to the people and forgave their sins in Jesus’ holy name? What was Moses when he (successfully) lay prone on Mt. Sinai and begged God for forty days and forty nights to spare the Hebrew people? What was Jeremiah when he asked God to spare the Hebrew people from total and utter destruction at the hands of the Babylonians?

      And while the Old Testament figures operated in an essentially grace-starved environment, the Blessed Virgin never suffered from that type of lack, as she was conceived “full” of grace and remains so to this day. Empowered by God’s grace and having always cooperated perfectly with that grace, the Blessed Virgin is not only the Queen of Heaven, but the Queen of all God’s creation, by virtue of the power and authority of her divine son, Jesus, who is King of King and Lord of Lords, Master and Creator of all that is seen and unseen, according to the will of his Father.

      The most important thing to understand about all this is that it doesn’t just apply to Mary, but to every Christian … if they manage to faithfully and successfully cooperate with the grace that God provides for them.

      Anyone who fails to understand the Blessed Virgin Mary will never be able to successfully understand the awesome role that God’s grace plays in the life of every Christian. And failing to do that, you’re almost bound to fall short in many ways. Hence, the Blessed Virgin is the ideal role model for all, and all would be well advised to expand their limited theological perspective to see what God has done for her … and for us.

      God is no respecter of people. His grace is sufficient for all. And it’s God’s grace that makes all the difference. Catholics didn’t just read about this stuff in a book, a thousand years after the fact. The Apostles and disciples personally knew Jesus and Mary. They witnessed all the Gospel events, first hand. So, Catholic Tradition includes not only the Bible, but the eye-witness testimony of those who, together with Mary and the Apostles, personally experienced Jesus Christ, in the flesh, along with the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. Members of that same group later set the Gospels down in writing.

      The Protesters who showed up 1500 years after the fact, disregarded nearly everything that came before them, and decoded they could correctly figure all this out simply by reading scant details about it from a book, still don’t have a clue.

      Mary said “yes” to God with absolutely no reservations, and her reward is great. Let anyone else who has done as well step up and claim his reward … or let him sit down, be quiet, and fervently pray to God for wisdom.

      • “All Christians have the ministry of intercession, yes. But were any of the people you mentioned in scriptures prayed to?

        I understand you analogy to the queen mother, but it is stated nowhere in scripture that Mary fits the same model.
        And you still did not answer to my comment about making statues of Mary, placing them in \”shrines\” and praying to them.

      • Jesus is the eternal King of the Royal House of Israel (and everything else). Mary is his Mother. That’s not an analogy. That is a fact … as well as a perfectly clear OT archetype, which was later fully validated in Luke 1:38 and Revelation 11 and 12. The fact that the details of the royal house are included in both the old and new testaments is a completely valid scriptural statement in itself. Praying is merely making a request. Read your Bible and you’ll see that many requests were made of Abraham, Moses, Joseph, Jacob, and others. God provided the power for them to make the proper response, just as he still does for his mom … and everyone else. Adoration/worship is always properly reserved to God alone. I didn’t see your comment about Mary and shrines, but that issue was satisfactorily resolved by the church by the end of the 8th century. Perhaps you missed it. Bottom line: Once Jesus became man and literally became the flesh image of a heavenly thing, the old prohibition against graven images became moot, since no one who truly knew God would ever consider worshiping a “dead” piece of stone or wood. Sacred art and statuary subsequently became the best possible medium for teaching the unchanging Gospel truths to a growing but largely illiterate, worldwide Christian population. The general population was typically unable to read until the early to mid 20th century. Catholic sacred art and statuary continues to inspire and edify people of all faiths, to this very day. Nothing is wrong with that, at all!

    • Some people just don’t understand the the significance of the role of the Intercessor or what it truly means. Another flesh and blood man/woman cannot be a go-between (praying that your sins be forgiven) you and God the Father. Only Jesus who died on the cross earned that right (did not have flesh and blood Father). “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”.John 14:6. You make God and Jesus a liar. If you can’t personally read it in the Bible and are going off what you get in the “missalettes” or wherever you are in trouble…
      http://www.gracegems.org/MacDuff1/r13.htm

      • Sorry Cheryl, but you are putting limits on God that simply do not exist. Of course no one comes to the father without Jesus. Jesus made the peace between sinful man and God, and made our reconciliation with God possible. Furthermore, he was the ONLY one who could have done it. Smack dab in the middle of that salvific plan is the Blessed Virgin Mary, who willingly supplied Jesus’ sinless body and blood, raised him, acted as his best and closest disciple, and never deserted him, even when virtually everyone else had. Plus … Mary is Jesus’ mom. That’s got to count for something! What would you not do for your mom, if it was in your power? Besides, Jesus went to a lot of trouble to fulfill all righteousness by perfectly keeping the Law of Moses, and there’s a specific commandment which obliges us to honor our mother and father. What does it matter to you if Jesus, who is God, as well King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and the head of the Church, decides to bestow infinite honors on his dear mother? God promises the same to each of us … if we simply choose to cooperate with his grace. Luke 1:28-55 tells us everything we need to know about Mary’s unique and particular relationship with God. Catholics understand that. Most of today’s Protestants don’t … even though ALL of the original Protestant reformers, including Martin Luther, believed and taught precisely what the Catholic Church continues to teach today. Do the research and you will see that I am correct.

        Thanks for writing.

        Doug

  3. Doug, the quote 1 Tim 2:5 by Jaymz is well known and can be understood even by children i.e. “One” means “one”! Yet you pretent not to understand it and give silly examples. Further, note that Jesus never ever called Mary “Mother” but “Woman” (John 2:4, 19:26). Can you answer this question? God (Jesus) has to respect a human(Mary) or Mary(a human) has to respect Jesus (God)? . Isaiah 42:8 “I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to idols”. Hope you can at least understand this quote!

    • Dear Alphonse,

      It’s necessary to remember that the Holy Bible is first and foremost a Catholic book that was compiled, certified, written and confirmed by the leaders of the Catholic Church, according to the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Anyone who attempts to interpret the Bible in a way that’s contrary to the huge body of authentic Catholic tradition and scholarship is bound to come away with numerous misconceptions and misunderstandings.

      That’s the basic problem with the Protestant understanding of things. No one who wasn’t there in the beginning, who didn’t actually know Jesus, Mary, the Apostles, and all the other disciples can possibly hope to correctly discern the whole truth of the scriptures only by the scant details contained there. Protestants deliberately ignore and/or discard all that came before them … some 1500 years of Christian history and tradition … except for what they read in the Bible … and then they choose to interpret the Bible any way they want to … with absolutely no particular discipline required … so it’s no wonder their understanding of Christian theology is so very limited … and often just plain wrong!

      Only through the living tradition of the Catholic Church, along with the scriptures, plus the constant scholarship, evangelization and illumination provided by the church’s official teaching office (an office which was instituted and authorized by Jesus, himself, while he still walked the earth) can the whole truth be properly and correctly discerned.

      In his Great Commission, Jesus never even mentioned the Bible, but he did mention the critical necessity of the sacrament of baptism, along with the absolute requirement of teaching the complete Gospel truth. The Catholic Church has always followed Christ’s explicit instructions, in that regard. Protestants have most certainly chosen to do otherwise.

      You term my examples “silly” only because your particular, limited faith tradition has never explained those aspects to you … or worse … deliberately failed to teach them, in order to remain true to their particular non-Catholic “view” of things. That’s your problem. Not mine.

      You say that Jesus never called Mary “mother”. Based on what evidence? Were you there with Jesus and Mary in Nazareth for thirty years, taking notes?

      As for the term “Woman” … that term correctly syncs up with the very same term God used in the Garden of Eden, and later, in the Book of Revelation. The “woman” of destiny whose seed would crush Satan’s head is the same “woman” who asked Jesus to turn water into wine at Cana, and the same “woman” who, as described in the Book of Revelation, is clothed with sun, with the moon at her feet, and twelve stars crowning her head … the Arc of the (New) Covenant, taken up into the Heavenly Temple … the Arc that contained Jesus Christ himself, the Savior of Mankind … who was life itself … not the old Arc that merely held a couple of stone tablets, some manna, and Aarons’staff.

      That “woman” is without a doubt, Mary, the New Eve, who would, by the awesome power of God’s grace … totally succeed in her mission of making redemption in Christ possible for every living soul … according to God’s divine will and his plan, helping to reverse the sinful curse of Satan, sin and death, by which Eve was so willingly corrupted and in which she was so sinfully complicit.

      As for respecting one’s own Mother … there’s absolutely no doubt that Jesus, as a man, took great pains to perfectly fulfill the law … and I seem to remember a certain Commandment which deals specifically with that issue!

      Or perhaps you believe that God merely “uses” people … and then discards them? That idea has absolutely no place in authentic Christian theology … of any kind … except perhaps, for dedicated Calvinists.

      In response to your quote from Isaiah, I leave you with these, from The Book of Revelation … which describe the Heavenly rewards that God has already bestowed on Mary and many of the saints, and holds out as a blessed hope and living promise to those of us who manage to faithfully cooperate with his grace:

      Eternal life:
      Revelation 2:11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith to the churches: He that shall overcome shall not be hurt by the second death.

      Ruling and Reigning:
      Revelation 2:26 And he that shall overcome and keep my words unto the end, I will give him power over the nations.

      Divine Honor and Recognition:
      Revelation 3:5 He that shall overcome shall thus be clothed in white garments: and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life. And I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.

      Holiness – Being Set Apart by God for His Express Purpose:
      Revelation 3:12 He that shall overcome, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God: and he shall go out no more. And I will write upon him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and my new name.

      Theosis – Becoming like God:
      Revelation 3:21 To him that shall overcome, I will give to sit with me in my throne: as I also have overcome and am set down with my Father in his throne.

      Relationship – As God’s Tried and True Sons and Daughters:
      Revelation 21:7 He that shall overcome shall possess these things. And I will be his God: and he shall be my son.

      From these it is very clear that Isaiah had not yet received the fulness of God’s revelation. How about you?

      Doug

  4. In regards to your first reference, Genesis 15:3, please have a look at this line “he will crush your head”. It seems pretty clear that the bible is referring to a man (and not a woman) crushing the searpants head. It is quite clear that this is referring to Gods plan to defeat Satan through the resurrection of Jesus of Christ. After all, when did Mary ever defeat Satan…Never!. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ marked the defeat of Satan..and only because of this, the failed human race has a chance to be accepted into the kingdom of God if they choose to accept Jesus as their saviour.

    • Genesis 3:15 refers to the “seed” of the woman, and in the original Hebrew, the reference is to both the male and female gender. Your preferred Bible translation/faith tradition may have deliberately failed to make that distinction. It was Jesus’ saving death on the cross that defeated Satan. The Resurrection was strictly for our benefit, since Jesus obviously had no intention of (bodily) staying around these parts any longer than necessary. As for your misunderstanding of Mary’s role in all of this … it’s simple … No Mary … No Jesus! Mary did her unique and essential part in the defeat of Satan, sin and death by her divine maternity, her perfect discipleship, her complete sacrifice of self and by living a totally sinless existence, according to God’s grace. Jesus would accept nothing less from the woman mentioned in Genesis 3:15, Luke 1:38 John 2:4, and Revelation 12:1. I challenge you to name any other non-divine soul who accomplished more, for the purpose of our salvation! Suggested reading: https://douglawrence.wordpress.com/the-passion-e-book/ and jump to page 107.


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