Mary offered Jesus as a Sacrifice. St. Albert the Great (1200 - 1280 AD)
Mary offered Jesus as a Sacrifice
St. Albert the Great (1200 - 1280 AD)
translation by John Wijngaards
Mary offered Jesus, as priests offer him in the
With her heart and her body the virgin constructed for the Holy Spirit a
temple in which the son of God lived corporeally. In this temple she offered
herself with whatever she had in her: her sovereign chastity of heart and body
more agreeable to God than any sacrifice. But much more, by her spontaneous
agreement during the passion, she offered her son, who was also the Son of God;
and she did this not by changing bread and wine into his body and offering him
under a different species, but according to the bodily form of his own flesh
and his own blood, under the proper species in whom she had conceived him.
Through this offering which is at once all-sufficient and very agreeable,
offered just one time (Hebrews 9 passim) she reconciled God with the whole
human race. Mariale, Alberti Magni Opera Omnia, ed. Borgnet,
Paris 1890-1899, vol. 37, qu. 51, p. 97.
Mary sacrificed both herself and her son
Mary possessed the greatest possible love, not
only with regard to the interior act but also as to the externalisation of her
act, so that this love became supremely effective. And one should not object
that she has not given her life for her neighbour (John 10,15)
because she has done more: she has given for her neighbour the life of her son,
and this is the very same son whom she loved more than herself. And if it had
been necessary she would have offered to the passion, with her own proper will
her own life. And within the passion of her son, she crucified her own life
with her son. So that in fact she offered two lives. In this way she doubled
the efficacy of her love. This is what is meant by the words a sword of
pain will pierce your heart (Luke 2, 35).Mariale,
Alberti Magni Opera Omnia, ed. Borgnet, Paris 1890-1899, vol. 37, resp.
ad qu. 45-49, p. 117.
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