on the altar of the cross is contained and is offered in an unbloody manner."  PAt Holy Mass therefore
we are being drawn beyond time and space and
we so we must become
that we are presenting ourselves
at the Last Supper
but also at Golgotha
before Jesus, The Christ,
the adored Son of Mary,
The Immaculate Conception.
Mary - Merely a 'Vessel' - ?Mary is, indeed, a vessel of God.
Well-meaning Christians say this! So do others who call themselves 'Christians'.
They wish to down-grade Mary's role as Mother of The Saviour. There are many reasons why they want to do this - none acceptable of course. But in this article we'll skip that point and look at Mary as vessel.
We will ignore Scripture which states that Mary is blessed and that all generations shall call her blessed - that at Mary's word John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit when he is yet a child in his mother's womb. See Luke 1.
We will ignore the fact that Mary is The Woman of Scripture - that she with Joseph raised Jesus to manhood and that Mary remained Jesus' disciple even up to The Cross.
We will ignore the fact that to say that Mary is a vessel only is a direct insult to The Holy Trinity Who is thereby accused of using a human being and discarding her once she has done a task - that God used Mary as a tool only.
However, it can be said that we all agree at the very least that
What can we extrapolate from this fact which, in itself is most wonderful;
Mary's womb was the tabernacle, the avenue, through which The Second Person of The Holy Trinity became Man. From Mary's womb The Son took Flesh and Blood.this womb, this vessel, must have then become
Because Mary fulfilled this purpose, through her most precious womb, it seems quite definite to me that
something most sacred.
Like the woman in the multitude of Luke 11:27, everyone must come to the same conclusion:- Blessed is the womb that bore thee; the breast which thou has sucked.To ponder over all thy doings,
Mary's holy womb was the path God took to come into His creation; the path God took to bring Salvation to all creation, and so we must cry out with David in Psalm 76 (14) :-
pass thy wonders in review!
Thy path O God, is hedged about with holiness;
what God is great as our God is Great?
Yet the womb of Mary is more then a path - it is also a marvellous tabernacle, a resting-place in which resided the God-made-man. Heaven is my throne
P David who had won favour in God's sight, longed to devise a resting-place for the God of Israel, but in the end it was Solomon that built the house for him.
Yet we are not to think that the most High dwells in temples made by men's hands; the prophet says:-
and earth is thy footstool under my feet.
What home will you build for me
says the Lord - what place can be my resting place? P (Acts 7:46-49)Any such resting-place,
Nevertheless, the resting-place that Solomon built for The Lord was a magnificent monument where the inner chamber became the holy of holies. The whole structure was a sacred place, and rightly so.
But God still asks What place can be my resting-place?
chosen by God Himself
and created by God Himself,
would just have to be the most sacred place
in the universe,
So I maintain that that resting-place that is the womb of Mary, Mother of The Messiah, was the chosen place of God and into which The Holy Spirit installed The Son - thus ensuring that this womb of Mary became the most sacred resting-place of God in all creation.
And this resting-place is duplicated in the Tabernacles of The Universal Church throughout the world, where the Eucharistic Christ resides, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity.if this was all that Mary was,
So, when our separated brothers and sisters try to down-grade Mary, making her a vessel only, we might then recall that
then Mary was still the resting-place,
for The Saviour of all creation.
The Womb and The TabernacleIn the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is truly present,
P In the Eucharist, Jesus is truly present, with His Body, with His Blood, with His Soul and with His Divinity.
the Son of God,
Whom I saw in Him
at every moment
of His earthly life,
even if He was hidden beneath the veil of a fragile and weak nature, which developed according to the rhythm of time and of His human growth. With a continual act of faith in My Son Jesus, I always saw My God and I would adore Him with profound love.