The Blessed Mother and the Saints
We are told in the Letter to the Hebrews that we have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God…Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” That is we have one intercessor before God and that is Jesus our Lord.
The Gospel of St. John teaches in the Wedding at Cana passage that we have an intercessor before Jesus and that is His Blessed Mother. At this wedding, the groom runs out of wine. Our Lady interceded on his behalf by telling Jesus that they had no more wine. Jesus replied that his time had not yet come. So sure that her son would do her bidding, Mary told the people to do whatever Jesus tells them to do. Jesus then performed his first miracle by changing water into wine. It seems to reason that the Blessed Mother is also our intercessor before Jesus.
The Gospel of John further tells us that Mary was at the foot of the cross, prior to Jesus dying. Because Jesus had no siblings, he told John, the apostle who He loved, “Here is your mother”. Jesus tells Mary, “Here is your son”. The Scriptures tell us that from that moment on John took Mary into his home. It is at that time also that Jesus consecrated mankind to His Blessed Mother, She became our Mother and we became her beloved children. Let us never fear approaching her.
We need to develop a strong devotion to our Blessed Mother, our intercessor before Jesus. Mary plays an integral role in the prayer lives of the saints, popes, bishops, and priests. May she wrap each of us in the mantle of grace.