A defense of Mary
I came across a Protestant board which was attacking the privileges of Mary as revealed by the Catholic Church, and got fed up becuse of my love for Our Lady.
One of their members sent a simple post which screamed (font 20):
WOMAN, WHAT HAVE i TO DO WITH YOU!
This was my response
In another thread, a member used this partial quote from Jn 2:4 to express the truth that Christ does not want anyone to worship his mother. However, taking these words out of context horribly detracts from the significance of this passage, so I thought I would expand my thoughts here.
The complete verse states: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
A little background: Jesus, his mother, and his first few disciples are present at a wedding feast in Cana. With the uncanny ability that women possess, Mary is sensitive to the needs of the new couple and is concerned when she realizes that the wine has run out in the middle of the feast. Knowing her son as she does, she approaches and informs Jesus that there is no wine. Ultimately, Christ works his first miracle recorded in John's Gospel, and saves the wedding party from a great embarrassment:
Jn 2:11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed in him.
But this was only a glimpse of Jesus' glory, which takes us back to the gentle rebuke of verse 4. Again, Jesus said,
...Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
You see, Mary wants her son to show a glimmer of his glory out of consideration for the couple, while Jesus wants to point to the hour of his glory. In Jn 12, a few days before his death on the Cross, Jesus states:
Jn 12: 23,27 ...the hour is come that the Son of man should be glorified...Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
The hour of Christ's agony is the hour of Christ's glory, the fulfilment of the Father's will.
Back to the wedding; it's as if Jesus is reminding his mother and us to stay focused on what he would accomplish on Good Friday, his glory, the expiation of our sins!
Wow, that took longer than I thought! But here is another point. Mary appears only 2 times in John, and both times Jesus addresses her as Woman and both times his hour of glory is referenced (see Jn 19:26).
Why does he call his Mom, "Woman"? Because Mary is the fulfilment of Gen 3:15:
God speaks to the serpent, Satan, ...And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed.
Wait a minute! Aren't we in the Garden of Eden, and isn't the woman, Eve? No, not in this verse. Why not? Because this is the only time in the Bible that physical offspring is referred to as a woman's seed. Every other example of physical offspring is referred to as the man's seed. For instance, God says to Abraham in Gen 9:9, And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you.
Remember, Mary does not have relations with Joseph to conceive Jesus.
Mt 1:20 ...behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
and in Mt 1:16 And Jacob begat Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus...
Jesus is of Mary's seed, humanly speaking, because no man was involved!
So, you may ask?
This illustrates the significance of Jn 2:4. The most important moment in Jesus' life is his hour of glory when he could say, "It is finished!" And one of those to witness that was the Woman, his mother. She also witnessed the fulfilment of the other half of Gen 3:15:
...it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise it's heel.
or as Heb 2:14 states: Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.
And why did the devil only bruise the heel of the Woman's seed; because Jesus is risen and lives forever to make intercession!
Did I say, "Alleluia"? ALLELUIA!