Yet, St. Thomas Aquinas tells us that God could create nothing more glorious or greater than the Blessed Virgin Mary, His most pure, most chaste, most admirable Mother.
We can see how true this is by observing the reverence and obedience Jesus had for His Blessed Mother. That a creature should command her Creator, and that the Creator should obey His creature, is marvelous. One need only reflect on the wedding feast at Cana, Jesus’ first miracle, to find proof of this (cf. John 2:1-12).
Mary is so admirable that she possessed in her most chaste womb Him Whom the heavens and the earth could not contain.
God has received more honor and glory from Mary than from any other creature in heaven or on earth. She has honored Him in her greatness, born of her humility, in her devotion, and in the way that she used every gift that she received from God.
All the renowned women of the Old Testament - Sarah, Deborah, Susanna, Judith, Esther and others - were but figures of Mary. Of Judith it was said, She was greatly renowned among all (Judith 8:8). In addressing her, Holofernes said, Thou shalt be great…and thy name shall be renowned through all the earth (Judith 11:21). The people of Bethulia cried out to her as she passed, Thou are the glory of Jerusalem; thou art the joy of Israel; thou are the honor of our people (Judith 15:10). These titles are eminently applicable to Mary and are bestowed upon her by the Doctors and Fathers of the Church.
We owe all to God. In no way is He indebted to us. It is different with Mary. Though she has received all from Him, He became, so to speak, indebted to her when Jesus received His humanity from her flesh and blood. In His conception and in His birth the God-man became indebted to her even more so than other children to their mother, for from her alone did He take the substance with which He would frame for Himself a human body.
Among all the children of men, from the dawn of creation until the last of them shall be born into the world, there has not been nor can there be one as admirable as Mary. Her sanctity, holiness, virtues, graces and perfections of body and soul are so great that she is more celebrated than all the saints and angels, and thereby gives more glory and honor to God than all of them put together. She alone is the Mother Most Admirable of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ, the Redeemer and Savior of the world.
Mother Most Admirable, pray for us!
David J. Conrad