Pope Francis was recently invited by Speaker Boehner to speak to Congress—hopefully about Jesus.
And so that Congress better understands the Lordship of Christ, when the Pope speaks to Congress, I’d like him to ask Congress a question. —But first he might state that, yes, Mary was indeed blessed to have been used by God to bring God’s Son into the world. But then here’s the question:
Why is Mary the mother of Jesus never mentioned by the Apostle Peter nor the Apostle Paul in all their Epistles and Letters to the Churches?
The Pope could then explain how that in Matthew 12:46-50 when Jesus was talking to the people, and His mother and His brothers were standing outside waiting to speak to Him; and that when Jesus was informed of this, He then asked His disciples and followers, “Who is my mother? And who are my brothers?” Then He stretched out His hands toward His followers and said, “Behold My mother and My brothers!; for whoever does the will of My Father in Heaven is My brother, and sister, and mother.”
The Pope could then go on to explain that, although Mary was blessed, in Luke 11:27 when a woman in the crowd raised her voice to proclaim this very fact, Jesus again said that the ones that are truly blessed are those who hear God’s Word and keep it.
In Matthew 16, when Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter did not say that He was the Son of Mary, but instead, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God!” And because of this, Jesus called Peter’s statement—that Jesus is the Son of God—“the rock” upon which Jesus would build His Church.
So Peter never mentions the name of Mary in his Epistles. And the only mention of Jesus’ mother by name after Jesus went to Heaven, is in Acts 1:14, where it mentions that Mary and Jesus’ brothers were among the hundred twenty people gathered together on the day of Pentecost when they all, including Mary, and His brothers, were filled with the Holy Spirit—the day when Peter began laying the foundation of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem.
Not in Peter’s laying the Foundation, nor in the Apostle Paul’s building upon the Foundation is there any reference at all to Mary the mother of Jesus—but only to Jesus the Son of God.