Lets go back to the OP
Originally Posted by iamdan
. . . God commands that we honor our mothers and fathers Ephesians 6:1-3 . . .
We can say that Jesus followed this commandment perfectly because he WAS Jesus. We can also say that we are called to imitate Christ.
Originally Posted by iamdan
Luke 8:19-21 (KJV)
19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press.
His actual Mother and Brothers try to approach him
20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. And he was told that his actual Mother and Brethren try and approach him
21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it. And he answers whom he considers are Mother and brethren.
The scripture passages : Matt 12:46-50, Mk 3:32-35, Lk 11:27-28 all say “who are my brothers and mother” or “Whoever does the will of The Father is my brother and mother.” These passages are often quickly used by protestants to attempt to shake the Catholic’s faith and lead him away from the truth. Therefore many Catholics feel a bit uncomfortable with these verses when Protestants bring them up.
There is no reason to feel uncomfortable. These verses should be welcomed into discussion anytime. They more than most highlight the Blessed Mother’s holiness and the full force of the New Covenant! I will attempt a brief illustration.
"I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by me. If you had known me, you would know my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him."
If a man loves me he will keep my word and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
I do as the Father has commanded me, so the world may know that I love the Father.
The last three verses give a great picture of the identity of the speaker in question in these verses.
"Who is my mother and who are my brethren?"
This statement is bringing the reality of his eternal family into question.
"Here are my mother and my brethren! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, and sister, and mother."
Those who do the will of God will be his brethren. Theywill in a sense be unified with the Blessed Mother in doing the will of the Father, and with him in doing that same will.
"Blessed is the womb that bore you!"
This is a statement giving honor to Mary just because she is his mother. This is very similar to most protestant positions on the matter today.
"Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it."
In other words Mary is blessed because she did the will of God by hearing, accepting, submitting. It was a choice she made to obey the will of God. Others are blessed when they do the will of God likewise. All these things come from the grace of God.
And Mary said, "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
And Mary said, " My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; For he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
From the depths of her sould she reflects the Lord. She rejoices in God her Savior who from the time of her conception had redeemed her by his own special will so that she may be full of His grace. Therefore she would not be stained by original sin. It would be an abomination for the Lord to be housed in sin. We know she was full of Grace because of the words of the Arch-Angel Gabriel.
"Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you."
And the words of the mother of John the Baptist:
"Blessed are you amoung women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"
For to you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord.
We got a clear picture from the first three verses quoted who we were dealing with so the purity of the path in which he came into the world must not be questioned. Mary is a perpetual virgin.
This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it; For the Lord, The God of Israel, has entered by it; Therefore it shall remain shut.
She is full of grace as stated by the angel. So it is logical that God would give her the grace of protection.
For with God nothing will be impossible.
"Who are my mother and my brethren?"
"Whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother sister and mother."
For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified have all one origin. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brethren; saying, I will proclaim thy name to my brethren in the midst of the congregation I will praise thee.
When the time had fully come, God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might recieve adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of his son into our hearts Crying Abba! Father! So through God you are no longer a slave but a son and if a son than an heir!
Glory to God in the highest!
Jesus is Lord of all. King of Kings. He points to the holiness of his mother, a gift he gave her that magnifies him. He illustrates in these verses in so few words that he is going to share his sonship with his Church, who does the will of his Father.
Blessed be God
Blessed be his Holy Name