“Blessed is the womb that bore you.” (Luke 11:27)
The womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary is called blessed on account of many things:
- Because is bore Him Who is blessed in Himself in the highest degree possible. “Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Blessed and only Mighty, the King, to Whom be honour and empire everlasting.” (1 Tim.)
- Her womb is blessed, because of the highest blessedness and Trinity which it bore. For Mary was the spouse of the Father, the Mother of the Son, the Tabernacle of the Holy Ghost. Hence, we address her: “Hail, Mother of sanctity and of the whole Trinity, the magnificent dwelling.”
- Because it conceived without corruption.
- It bore without labor.
- It gave birth to Him without experiencing pain. Concerning these things it is written, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.” (Luke 1:35) Hence, thou will bear without pain (St. Bernard of Clarvaiux homily).
- The womb of the Blessed Virgin is blessed, because it bore the price of our redemption. “O Lord God, hear the cry of this people and open to them Thy treasure, a fountain of living water, that being satisfied, they may cease to murmur. And the glory of the Lord appeared to them.” (Numbers 20:6.)
- Mary had virtues from every state: from the state of virgins she had purity; from the state of wedlock, fecundity; from the state of continency; chastity.
- Finally Mary is blessed, because she must be frequently blessed or praised and preached by all. “All generations shall call me blessed.” (Luke 1:48) (Discourse 46.)
Categories: The Meditations of St. Thomas Aquinas