Why do Catholics make such a big deal out of Mary if she’s only mentioned in the Bible a few times?
It may seem like Mary only appears in the Bible a handful of times, but if you go looking for her, you may be surprised to see her all throughout scripture!
But first, there is need to understand how Christians have historically read the Bible, particularly the practical of typology, which in Christian theology is the practice of seeing predictive events, persons or statements in the Old Testament that would be fulfilled in the New Testament.
St. Paul gives us an example when he calls Adam a type of Christ: “But death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who did not sin after the pattern of the trespass of Adam, who is the type of the one who was to come,” (Rom. 5:14). Just as sin and death entered into humanity through Adam, so grace and life restored humanity through Christ.
The early Christians also saw a parallel between Eve and Mary. The Church Father, St. Iranaeus (d. 202), explains, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was loosed by the obedience of Mary. The knot of which the virgin Eve tied by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary opened by her belief.”
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Mary Jane and Deacon Tom Fox discussed Mary – her life, her love for Jesus, and her role in the Church.