Why Does Jesus Always Call Mary “Woman”?
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Go to Lester in Cypress, California,
listening on Immaculate Heart Radio, you are on with Karlo Broussard, what’s your
question, Lester? Hey, thanks for taking my call, and Cy, a big fan of you, I really miss your movie reviews. Oh, you’re very nice,
thank you. Let’s talk about this for a while. We’ve got a whole segment. Karlo,
you can go home, let’s just chat about this. Thank you Lester, you’re very kind. Thank you. Okay, so quick question: why didn’t Jesus call our Blessed Lady “mother,” and always referred to her as “woman?” Yes,
this is a fantastic question. Before I answer it, Lester, I’m gonna have to give
a plug for my mentor and colleague Tim Staples and his book “Behold Your Mother.”
It’s sort of an exhaustive defense, Biblical and historical defense,
of the various doctrines and dogmas that we believe as Catholics regarding Mary.
And in that book he addresses this question in great detail. But I’m just
going to give you a sneak peak of that, Lester, and basically, fundamentally, it
seems I think we have a high degree of reasonable certitude to conclude that
what Jesus is doing, Lester, is He’s trying to make a connection. He’s trying to draw
us to the reality of who Mary is; namely, she is the prophetical woman spoken of
in the Old Testament in what is called the Protoevangelium, the first Gospel, in
Genesis 3:15. Lester, do you recall how, after Adam and Eve sinned, God
speaks to Satan and says, “I will set enmity–” total
opposition, separation “–between you and the woman, between your seed and her seed.”
Do you recall that Lester, you recall that prophecy? Yeah. Okay fantastic, yeah.
So what we see there is, number one, this woman that God is referring to is going
to be the mother of the Messiah, because the
seed that will come forth from this woman, which some scholars see to be a
hint of the virgin birth of Jesus, right– because normally the Bible talks about
the seed of the man but here is talking about the seed of the woman–so here we
have this virgin woman giving birth to this male child that’s going to crush
the head of the serpent. But if you notice, Lester, that woman is not of the
seed of Satan. Consequently, we can conclude that this woman is sinless.
She’s not tainted by sin and the dominion of Satan. And because she’s not
of his seed, we see a hint that this woman will be immaculately conceived
like the first woman. Because, Lester, in the Genesis narrative, Eve was called
“woman” in the first couple of chapters before Eve sinned. She doesn’t receive
her name until after she sins. So the first woman was created without the
stain of Original Sin. She was pure, she was holy, but she failed. The new woman
that God prophesies about is gonna be like the first woman in that she will be
created free from Original Sin; but unlike the first woman, she will remain
sinless, because there will be total opposition between the serpent–Satan– and
this woman. And I think this is the historical–this is the backdrop, Lester,
against which Jesus refers to Mary as “woman,” and if you do the Biblical study,
if you do some Bible study, Lester, you’ll discover that all–the preceding verses
before John chapter 2:4, where Jesus calls Mary “woman” at the wedding
feast of Cana, what John is doing is he has various details in his narrative
that parallel the first creation story. So the whole context in which Jesus says
“woman,” it’s embedded in this context of this image of a new creation. And so what
Jesus is revealing to us is that this woman, Mary, is the woman of the new
creation that Genesis 3:15 was speaking of. And consequently, Jesus would call Mary
“woman,” in John 19:25, when He’s on the cross, as He’s crushing the head of the
serpent. He looks to that woman, He looks to Mary, and says, “Woman, behold your son.”
Did you think he’s just calling her “woman” for…is this just a coincidence? I
don’t think so. And then finally, Lester, in Revelation 12, when John has his
heavenly vision, what does he describe? But yet, he
describes the mother of the Messiah as “the woman clothed with the sun,” and she
will have offspring; her offspring would be those who keep the commandments of
God. So the bottom line, Lester, I think we can conclude that Jesus is calling
Mary “woman” at the wedding feast of Cana and on the cross precisely to connect
her to the woman God prophesied about in Genesis 3:15; that woman who would be a
new woman created free from Original Sin and remaining sinless throughout her
life, not touched by the stain of Satan. Fantastic! Okay, Lester.
Hey brother, thank you so much for giving us a call this afternoon. Thank you, thank
you, great answer. Thank you. Thank you so much.

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