“She is the Mother of God….The honor given to the Mother reflects on her Son, because the Mother is to be honored for her Son’s sake.” –From “Sermon in a Sentence: A Treasury of Quotations on the Spiritual Life; Vol. 5: St. Thomas Aquinas,” pg. 165. Selected and Arranged by John P. McClernon.
Aha! So here we have it. These are the words which should prove to all why exactly the Mother of God is to be esteemed so highly. Why do we honor her? Whom does it benefit? Why, it benefits God Himself! This should be made abundantly clear. Whatever praise and honor is heaped at the Virgin’s feet is faithfully reflected by her to her Divine Son, as we see in her words in the Magnificat. She does not extol herself, but takes St. Elizabeth’s exclamations of praise and offers them to God in a beautiful and humble prayer of adoration. And who better to praise God on our behalf than His Holy Mother? Who but the loveliest of all creatures is God most pleased to receive this bountiful worship from?
If the heavens were the skies, the multitude of saints would be the beautiful stars glittering at night; the Son of God in His bounteous glory would be the sun; and Our Lady would be the moon, reflecting the golden beams of the sun, radiant and resplendent in its light. Hence, there is no danger of sin or idolatry in praising the Holy Mother of God, for she is always faithful to reflect the honor given her to her Divine Son.
Let us fly to her feet, honoring her for the sake of her Divine Son, and ask of her the grace of a steadfast devotion to her, for this is pleasing to her Divine Son; indeed, we cannot claim a true love of God unless we also love His Mother.
P.S. Today is also First Saturday, devoted to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!