JESUS AND MARY
Jesus was that Son Who, as a child, observed and admired in His mother that whole set of human values –– humility, patience, fortitude –– which were later on to be promulgated in the mountains. I say this because every time that Mary appears in the gospels she manifests those characteristics, which are put forth in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount: patience, humility, fortitude, peace, meekness and compassion.
All of us are, in some manner, a reflection of our mothers. A true mother is always recreating and forming her child, in some manner, according to her way of looking at things in so far as ideals, convictions and sincerity are concerned.
For Jesus, it must have made a great impression on Him from His earliest years, observing and admiring, and without even wanting to, imitating that silence, that dignity and peace, and that way of not being bothered by adverse circumstances... of His Mother. For me it is evident that Jesus did nothing more on the Mountain than present a blueprint of the spiritual figure of His mother which rose up in Him from the depths of His subconscious mind, and that were nurtured by the remembrances of His recollections of His early years. For me, the Beatitudes are a picture of Mary.
As we advance through the shadows of the pages of the gospels we catch a glimpse of a striking parallelism between the spirituality of Jesus and that of His Mother. From these and other parallel expressions that can be found in the gospels, we could conclude that Mary had an determining influence on the life and spirituality of Jesus; that much of the evangelical inspiration is due to Mary as a distant source; that she was an excellent teacher, and that her pedagogy consisted not so much in words but in living, to a high degree, a certain spirituality with which her Son was impregnated from childhood. And that in general, the Gospel is a distant echo of Mary’s life.
Extracted from The Silence of Mary, by Fr. Ignacio Larrañaga