In this 4th Grade lesson, we examine the Creed on Mary the Mother of God. We will learn about two important Church teachings on Mary, and how she acts as our Spiritual Mother.
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Mary is the mother of Jesus. By the work of the Holy Spirit, Mary brought God the Son into the world. This is why we call her the Mother of God. The Greek word for this is Theotokos (thay-oh-toh-kos).
Mary is also our Mother. We call her our Heavenly Mother or Spiritual Mother. She is our Mother because Jesus gave her to us. When Jesus was on the Cross He saw His mother with the Apostle John. He looked at Mary and said, “Here is your son.” Then Jesus looked at John and said, “Here is your mother.” Jesus was speaking to John, but He was also talking to all humans. Jesus wanted His mother to be our mother, too. After Jesus died, John took care of Mary for the rest of her life.
As our Spiritual Mother, Jesus wants us to care for Mary as a part of our own family. Each time we pray to Mary and trust in her love for us, we also grow closer to her Son.
What the Catholic Church teaches about Mary
Mary was chosen to be the Mother of God, and said yes to God’s will. As the Mother of God, Mary had special graces to help her bring God the Son into the world. At the end of her life, Mary was given a special reward for being Jesus’ Mother.
The special graces given to Mary come from her Immaculate Conception. This means that Mary was conceived in her mother’s belly without the stain of Original Sin. Why does the Church teach this? Back in Lesson 1, we talked about God being perfect. Part of being perfect is not having any weakness or badness in you. Since sin is weakness, God has no sin. Remember that Jesus’ human nature was free from sin, too! For God to come into the world without sin, His Mother needed to be without sin. God gave Mary’s soul a shield of grace to protect her from all sin. This means that for her whole life Mary did not sin.
The special reward given to Mary at the end of her life is called the Assumption. When we die, our souls go to Heaven but our bodies stay on Earth until the end of time. God took Mary’s body and her soul up to Heaven at the end of her life. God promises to do this for all of us at the end of time, but not before. God did this for Mary because she was the Mother of God and was free from sin.
by Annibale Carracci (1600)
What Mary teaches us
Mary’s life as the Mother of God was not easy. Many sad and difficult things happened to her. But Mary lived a holy life that teaches us how we can be holy like her.
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