The Almighty has done great things for Mary. “He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.” (Luke 1: 49 RM)
The above verse is from the Magnificat, Mary’s hymn of praise to God when she visited Elizabeth. Jesus did not honor Mary during her earthly life and at times seemed even to ignore her. Mary’s life here below may be described as ordinary and even insignificant. Mary was probably known to a handful of disciples and her relatives. Then one day she died and then the cult of Mary burst on the world like a nuclear force.
Consider a few of what happened after Mary died:
#1. Basilicas, Cathedrals, Churches, Universities, Institutes sprout up all over the world in her name.
#2. Prayers and intercessions began simultaneously everywhere in her name.
#3. The Holy Rosary believed to be a gift from God to the Church began to be used as a popular devotion around AD 1000 and rapidly spread everywhere. Today probably some 20 Billion Hail Marys are said round the clock all over the world every day.
#4. The Person and Work of Jesus Christ (Christology) becomes illuminated when seen through the mystery of Mary. New doctrines and dogmas were defined to honor Mary.
Some people ask: Don’t you honor Mary too much? Her children rush to answer without hesitation: NOT ENOUGH for the Mother of our God and Savior. Is our God a faithful God?
Remember: the best is yet to come for you. God has reserved the best wine to the last. (Cf John 2: 9)
“He who is mighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.” (Luke 1: 49 RM)