The Chosen Youtube Series and the Mother of God Solemnity

Today’s Solemnity highlights Mary’s motherhood.  Recently I mentioned in a weekday homily the YouTube Series called THE CHOSEN.  Edward Benet of the Catholic Register writes: “If you haven’t yet seen The Chosen, then you have a real treat in store. The YouTube series on the life of Christ combines first-rate acting with an imaginative retelling of the Gospel stories. However, having said all of that, he points out that the retelling of the miracle at Cana dialogue between Jesus and his mother diverges from the Biblical narrative in a way that is problematic.

Now while the writers of “The Chosen” had good intentions in their changing the dialogue to enhance the movie, it weakens the important theological relationship Jesus and Mary have.

From “The Chosen”:

Mary: They have no wine.

Jesus: Why are you telling me this?

Mary: We can’t let the celebration end like this and the groom’s family humiliated!

Jesus: Mother, my time has not yet come!

Mary: If not now, when?

The Gospel:

Mary: “They have no wine.”

Jesus: “O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” 

Mary: “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:3-5)

The KEY word change is from WOMAN to MOTHER.  You might be tempted to say: “What’s wrong with that – she is His mother??”  You might even say: “It even fits in better today- when we celebrate Mary’s motherhood!

Yes, but the title WOMAN has a very important meaning that ties Mary and Jesus together in the Bible!

IN FIRST BOOK OF THE BIBLE: Genesis 3:15 “I will put enmity between you and the WOMAN, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel.”

IN LAST BOOK OF THE BIBLE: Book of Revelation 12:1-6.    “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a WOMAN clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; she was with child. . .

AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS: The central moment of humanity’s salvation: Jn 19: 25-27 And Jesus seeing his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing by, said to his mother: “WOMAN, behold thy son.” Then, he said to the disciple “Behold thy mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own.”

The title WOMAN used in Genesis, Cana, The foot of the Cross and Revelation links her with Jesus and His mission of our salvation and links Mary’s role in her work as mother to Jesus and us. 

1.) Genesis – Mary’s motherhood foreshadowed to our First Parents, Adam and Eve, so as not to despair, but instead to be filled with hope of salvation.

2.) Cana – Mary’s motherhood triggers the public ministry of Jesus and also the first awakening of faith within the hearts of His disciples.

3.) Cross – Mary’s motherhood is being extended to every person throughout history who like Saint John, loves her Son Jesus.

4.) Revelation – Mary’s motherhood being exalted in the heavens for all eternity which we Christians acknowledge on the solemnity of Mary’s Assumption and the feast of her Coronation.

While Mary’s motherhood did NOT give Jesus the power to work miracles, it did give Him a body in which He could suffer and die so as to bring about our redemption and salvation.

The full meaning of Mary’s motherhood is that Jesus wanted His Mother to work with Him in His work of salvation as His mother and for her to continue her motherly work in us in our world today.

Fr. Tom