Faith for the Journey of Life

My Thoughts on Faith, Life, and 2,000+ Years of Catholicism / Christianity

05 October 2006

The Two Madonnas

There are two Madonnas prominent in the world today but the contrasts between them could not be greater.

The first Madonna is the Mother of God, the Theotokos, the Handmaid of the Lord whose "Yes" to God enabled our Savior to embark upon his mission of salvation. Selflessly devoted to God and her son, Mary lived a life of great faith, humility and love. She is Queen of the Universe and our ever faithful advocate and adopted mother. She is a model of faith and love.

Mary the Mother of God's greatest trial occurred during the agonizing Passion of her son. From the time she met him as he carried the instrument of his death until he gave up his life on the Cross, Mary was with him agonizing in a mental and emotional ordeal second only to his own. She held his lifeless body in her arms and helped put her son into the sepulcher. She was the other victim of our sins.

The other Madonna is the trashy pop singer who abandoned her Catholic faith and made an "entertainment" career of licentiousness and religious mockery. Her latest outrage makes a mockery of Jesus's Crucifixion. During a concert to be broadcast on NBC next month, the singer Madonna appears on stage crucified on a disco ball-like cross.

Had this Madonna been at Calvary, her behavior probably would have been far, far different than that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Her voice would have joined with those of the chief priests and scribes as they mocked Jesus hanging on the cross: "He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe. (Mark 15:31-32).

There are two Madonnas prominent in the world today...but there is only one who is worthy of the name. She is the Blessed Mother of Jesus. She agonized with her son at his crucifixion; she did not mock him and his great act of love for mankind.


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