The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Vessel of Honor

In Saint Paul’s second Epistle to Timothy, he warns him against those who had the temerity to abandon the truth and embrace error. But the Apostle assures his disciple that he is consoled in the fact that God’s eternal decree, whereon rests the salvation of His chosen ones, is irrevocable. All the efforts of Satan cannot prevail against it.

“The Lord knows who are His, and not one of them shall perish.” “Let every one depart from iniquity who names the name of the Lord,” and he shall be saved. Whence comes it that there are to be found many unworthy members in His Church? The Church is likened to a household, whose inmates differ widely among themselves. “In a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and earth; and some, indeed, unto honor, but some unto dishonor.”

“If any man, therefore, shall cleanse himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honor, sanctified and profitable to the Lord, prepared unto every good work” (2 Timothy 3:20-21). Contrariwise, those who follow false teachings, or who surrender themselves to the corruption of their heart are in the house of God like vessels of dishonor, and they shall be instruments of His justice and victims of His wrath. The Apostle declares that the vessel of honor is the one “sanctified and profitable to the Lord, prepared unto every good work.”

Sanctification is the first requisite for the vessel destined unto honor. The more sanctified the vessel of honor, the more precious it is. Of all the members of God’s household, in a word, of all His creatures, Mary is the nearest and dearest to Him, because she is the most sanctified. The Divine maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is the closest union that can possibly exist between the Creator and one of His creatures. It was made possible by the loveliness and holiness of the vessel, the immaculate Virgin Mary. She obeyed the injunction of Zachary that we serve God, “in holiness and justice all our days” (Luke 1:75). She well understood what her Divine Son meant when He said to the woman who exclaimed: “Blessed is the womb that bore Thee;” “Yea, rather,” said Jesus, “blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28).

Sanctification, in the words of the Apostle, is: “To present our bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God” (Romans 12:1). This Mary did all the days of her life. And, while sanctified in body and soul, she was also “profitable to the Lord.” To her alone is God, so to speak, indebted, for she gave Him of her own substance wherein to form the body of His eternal Son, Jesus.

He was to be the promised Redeemer, hence he had to become man, and this could be affected only through the most chaste and ever blessed Virgin Mary, the vessel chosen for the greatest honor in the gift of God to man, that of being His Mother. She is, in all truth, the vessel of honor. She was “prepared unto every good work.” Her whole life was one continuous act of love towards God and her Divine Son, Jesus. God’s will was law with her, and she accomplished perfectly every design that God had on her. He had chosen her from all eternity as that vessel of honor wherein He was pleased to dwell.

She is holy above all the saints and angels; she is profitable to the Lord more than all His other creatures; she fulfilled more perfectly than all of them His divine will in her. She is the vessel honored by angels and men, exalted and honored by the Creator Himself.