49 1 49 Because he that is mighty,
hath done great things to me;
and holy is his name. P49 1 41 And it came to pass,
And who are they who do call her blessed?
Why, members of The Catholic Church of course, but also the Orthodox, a portion of Protestants and the Muslims, that is to say, a huge percentage of the nations!!
Mary's great stature
Not only was Mary The Fullness of Grace, but then The Almighty overshadowed her!
In Scripture overshadow is rarely used (e.g. Psalms 90.4; Psalms 139.8; Wisdom 19.7; Baruch 5.8; Matthew 17.5; Mark 9.6) and relates to extraordinary events of Salvation history.
49 1 35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. Luke
The Holy Spirit came upon Mary!!
If Mary was The Fullness of Grace before The Holy Spirit overshadowed her, what was she thereafter?
The unparalleled stature of Mary begins to unfold and is easily perceived when Elizabeth was filled with blessings:
that when Elizabeth heard
the salutation of Mary,
the infant leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled
with the Holy Ghost. Luke
Elizabeth was filled A woman clothed with the sun,
with The Holy Spirit
at Mary's salutation!!!
And why did John the Baptist leap in Elizabeth's womb at Mary's salutation?
Luke has already stated why:- 49 1 15 For he shall be great before the Lord; and shall drink no wine nor strong drink: and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.
That is absolutely astonishing!!
Mary's great stature before all creation is again given witness in Apocalypse 12:-
P 73 12 1 And a great sign appeared in heaven:
and the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars:
73 12 2 And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.However, Mary magnified The Lord
73 12 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne. P
Now surely it is abundantly clear that the man child is Jesus The Christ?
And surely it is also abundantly clear that the woman is His Mother.
Therefore, there is no talent, no inspiration needed, to verify that the woman of Apocalypse 12 is Mary, The Fullness of Grace.
More on this later.
Scripture provides more evidence of the unparalleled stature of Mary in that
her soul magnifies the Lord!
I have to ask How can a creature possibly magnify The Lord?
The Almighty is eternally perfect, eternally fulfilled, eternally complete, needing nothing else and no-one else--bringing forth creation for creation's sake.
We are able to praise The Almighty--pray to Him; obey Him; teach others about Him; and more, but are not these things for our own benefit and the benefit of others?
However, The Almighty takes His creation seriously. So seriously as to become a creature Himself and allow Himself to be crucified unto death.
That is serious!
In becoming a Creature Himself--the Son of Man, Son of Mary--He created Infinite Merits for His creation. It was Jesus Christ, Her Son, Who brought forth this stupendous Miracle for mankind.
Now it was, that God becoming the ultimate Creature, Jesus Christ, made it possible for man to magnify The Almighty.
Man is enabled then, to magnify The Lord, only in and through Jesus Christ. That is, only by becoming One with Him in His Mystical Body and only through His Infinite Merits.
And so, Mary too, The Fullness of Grace, was enabled to magnify The Lord, in and through her adored Son.
before The Saviour-god
became a Son of Man!
Indeed, we may well believe, it was because Mary magnified The Lord, through her Fullness of Grace and her blessedness amongst all women, that she was enabled to become Mother of God my Saviour. (Luke)
The Woman of Scripture
In noting that Mary is The Woman of Apocalypse 12, we are reminded by The Church that The Woman may also be perceived as The Universal Church, the crown of twelve stars being the Apostles, the first leaders of Catholicism.
[The Church also notes that the twelve stars may be considered as the twelve tribes of Israel, and so The Woman may also be perceived as representing Israel. This is further verification of my previous statement that, when the Archangel asked Mary to be Mother, she represented Israel.]
At the wedding feast at Cana when the wine ran out Mary approached Jesus on behalf of the family, pleading with him They have no wine. John 50 2 3
50 2 4 And Jesus saith to her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? my hour is not yet come.
(I find it enchanting that Jesus said to me and to thee, obviously including Mary in His hour.)
We wonder that Jesus should address His Mother as woman, and at first glance, one might think that Jesus was a trifle