Do we honor Mary too much?. Why should we honor her at all? What does she have to do with anything? Isn’t she just like any other woman?
Well, let’s think about that for a minute…
God could have chosen any number of ways to bring about the salvation of mankind. Only He knows how many or what they could have been. But He didn’t. He chose to do it through becoming a man Himself – through the incarnation of His only son, the second person of the Blessed Trinity, Jesus.
He could have done that in ways that He didn’t. He could have just popped into human form and showed up one day out of “nowhere”. But He didn’t. He chose to do it by being born of a woman – just like you and me. Just like every other person in the history of creation except for Adam and Eve (who’s failure led to the necessity of salvation in the first place).
He could have chosen to have that woman conceive in the normal fashion, through a man. But he didn’t. He chose to be the Father of His Son, Himself, through His Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity.
He could have chosen any woman to bear His only begotten Son. But He didn’t. He chose a virgin, Mary, out of all of the women in creation to be the mother of His Son.
He made Mary His spouse…
Without Mary, there would be no Jesus and, therefore, no salvation. Without the Holy Spirit, there would be no Jesus and, therefore, no salvation. Both were necessary for salvation to have occurred in the way God willed it to occur.
And, if there were no Jesus, would we even know of the Holy Trinity – Father, Son and Holy Spirit? Perhaps, but it seems, to me anyway, that God the Father picked the best way to reveal that mystery to us.
So let’s look at the equation…
Mary + The Holy Spirit = Jesus
Without Jesus, there is no Revelation.
Without Revelation, there is no knowledge of Salvation
Leave out Mary OR the Holy Spirit, and we are in darkness.
Mary could have said, “No.” But she didn’t.
Therefore, We do not honor Mary too much.