Jesus Christ is God, and because He is God, He is the Infinite Holiness and our supreme and last End, and because He is our Savior, He is our Mediator of Redemption.
In a sentence, S. Paul has elucidated the whole economy of the divine plan, creative and redemptive. ‘For all are yours. And you are Christ’s. And Christ is God’s.’
If we would rise to God, we must then have Christ. ‘No man cometh to the Father but by Me. I am the way.’ And so His beloved disciple says: ‘No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.’
No one then can do without the help of Jesus Christ if he would surely know God, love and serve Him perfectly, and live as He would have us.
Now we have said that if Jesus Christ is our supreme Mediator, He is at the same time, since He is God, our End, He is the indispensable corner-stone upon which each one must erect the building of his perfection.
Even as God, Jesus Christ is the final destination, the necessary End of our aspirations, our actions, our devotions, He must be the constant object of our love, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of all our spiritual and moral life. To Him belong our adoration and our homage.
But according to the observation of Blessed de Montfort, His infinite greatness is such as to fill us with fear and to separate us from Him through our excessive reverence. That is why in order to approach Him suitably, we must have a Mediatrix who intercedes with Him.
‘God,’ says Bossuet, ‘having resolved from all eternity to give us Jesus Christ through the mediation of Mary, is not content with using her merely as an instrument for this glorious ministry. It is not His will that she should be merely a passive channel of grace, but an active instrument who contributes to this great work, not only by means of her excellent disposition, but also by an action of her will.’
(To be continued.)