My wife grew up in a large Irish Catholic family. She was a VERY strong member of the church. She actually almost got beat up trying to witness to men entering an XXX theater in downtown Seattle back in the early 80’s. In her late 30’s she became protestant and we were married in 1998 in a protestant church. Her family almost didn’t attend because it was no Catholic.
I understand quite a bit about Catholicism. I understand Catholicism teaches that Mary, like Jesus, was perfect. That she never had sex with her husband, that Peter was the first pope, etc.
I just disagree with them. As does my wife. Intestingly, I was just listening to the end of Luke and the beginning of John on my way to work today and Jesus actually spoke rather disrepectfully to Mary when she asked him to turn the water into wine.
And that gets into where I disagree with many of my Baptist brethren here in KY. I actually live in a “dry” county. I still attend a Baptist church now, though. We just don’t talk about alcohol and I try not to show up at church drunk. ;-)
Jesus spoke disrespectfully to his MOTHER? You mean he disobeyed the commandment “honor thy father and thy mother”?
Catholic version of the story: Mary, a thoughtful and generous woman, notices the waiters talking about the wine running out. She knows her son is special, and can perform miracles, and asks him to help out here.
Jesus, uses the word “woman” to address his mother (the early church father say that this is referring to Eve, who is also called “woman”, which means the writers of the Gospel were making a literary reference to Mary as the second Eve).
So Jesus points out to Mary it’s not the time when he starts performing miracles yet. But Mary, figuring they do need the wine merely points to her son and tells the waiters to “do whatever he tells you to do”.
(Catholics interpret this as Mary telling every Christian that you don’t obey her, but Christ).
Christ then turns water into wine, and everyone parties,
(and Cathoics interpret this as approving of marriage, at a time when pagan sects said marriage and sex was wrong, and also a way to show us that fiestas and parties were good things: every party or fiesta is reminding us that heaven is a happy place, like going to a wedding feast).
Jesus to Mary: hey, I’m Jesus and just cause me and my friends crashed the wedding and drank all the booze, you expect me to replace it? Get real, old lady.