Catholics will tell you that they do not worship Mary, and perhaps they don’t. But they won’t deny that they pay the highest respect and honor to Mary – respect that exceeds that of any other great man or woman of God in the Bible. In Catholicism, are Mary and Yeshua on equal footing?
When Yeshua pushed through the crowds, a woman cries out “Blessed is the woman who gave you birth and nursed you” Yeshua’s reply is so interesting. Instead of confirming the woman’s words and saying “Yes, my mother is blessed!” Instead, he says,
“Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
In a previous passage, we read that all generations would call His mother blessed. But this passage teaches that there are a people even more blessed or as equally blessed as Mary herself. And those people are the disciples of Yeshua – people who hear the word of God and obey it.
Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, a thing is established. In the second witness, Yeshua talks about kinship.
Again, Yeshua is talking to a crowd. His mother and brothers are standing outside waiting to speak with Him. Someone tells Him “Your mother and brothers are standing outside wanting to speak to you.” But Yeshua’s reply is again deeply interesting. His reply is…
“Who is my mother and who are my brothers – pointing to His disciples – He says here are my mother and brothers. For whoever does the will of my Father in Heaven is my brother, sister and mother.”
Usually people put the most important names first, but in this passage, brother and sister come before mother. Mother is last. Yeshua is again making a point about who is truly blessed.
All generations may call Mary blessed, but there are those who are just as blessed – those who follow Yeshua.