Satan and the Blessed Virgin Mary
Satan does not only hate the Blessed Virgin Mary, he also fears her a lot. They are great enemies just as he the devil is a great enemy to all Mary’s children. I call their enmity a great one because God himself put that enmity between them and it is an everlasting enmity.
It all started in the garden of Eden when the devil took advantage of God’s gift of freedom to deceive Adam and Eve. God created Adam and Eve and gave the them the gift of freedom to either obey or disobey, though God commanded them not to eat of the fruit of a particular tree in the garden. The devil deceived them to abuse their freedom and disobey God by eating of the forbidden fruit. God became so angry that he put enmity between the devil and the woman. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel. Gen. 3:15.
Some none Catholics who do not want at all to hear anything about the Blessed Virgin Mary would tell you that Mary’s name was not mentioned in the above passage of the scripture, that we only imagine that God was referring to Mary in that passage. It is not an imagination because there is no other woman through whose seed the devil was crushed or bruised apart from the Blessed Virgin Mary. God referred to Mary as “woman” just as Jesus himself referred to her as “woman” in John 2:4. It was in a wedding at Cana when Mary asked Jesus to do something about the embarrassment the couple were about to face because of lack of wine, And Jesus said to her, O woman, what have you to do with me? My hour has not yet come. Jesus called his mother (The Blessed Virgin Mary) “woman”. And by the way, some people think that this response from Jesus is a form of disapproval of the devotion to Mary, but they often forget that even though Jesus said his hour had not yet come, he had to obey his mother and did something about the situation as directed by her. That is how he does things even in our time when the mother asks, when we approach Jesus through his mother.
In John 19:26 Jesus again referred to his mother as “woman”, it was while he was hanging and dyeing on the cross. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, “woman, behold, your Son! Mary is also referred to as “woman” in the book of Revelation chapter 12:1, :3 and :13.
Do not be deceived, we do not imagine that God referred to Mary when he used the word “woman” in Genesis. We are sure that the Blessed Virgin Mary is the “woman” in Genesis 3:15, and Jesus Christ is the “seed” of the “woman” who crushed the head of the devil. It is not an imagination.
The devil tried to fight the “woman” (The Blessed Virgin Mary), to stop her from giving birth to the child that would crush his head. The whole of chapter 12 of the book of Revelation talks about this fight, but God’s power working in favour of the “woman” over came the devil. Then the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war on the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus. Rev. 12:17. The devil is still very angry with the Blessed Virgin Mary but there is nothing he can do about this victory, the almighty has already done great things for Mary (Lk. 1:49).
God used the humility of Mary to humiliate the devil through her Son Jesus Christ, and the victory is ours. The devil fears the Blessed Virgin Mary, her humility is a constant reminder to him of the pride that destroyed him. We honour the Blessed Virgin Mary and give the glory to God. Mary herself said that all generations will call her blessed because the almighty has done great things for her (Lk. 1:48-49). There is nothing wrong in going to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary, it does not in any way take away the fact that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. I am a living testimony to how the devil trembles at the intercessory power of the Blessed Virgin Mary, not because her name is the name by which we are saved, but because God has lifted her from her low state and pulled down the proud. God has humiliated the devil through this woman in her Son Jesus Christ. She is the “woman” and Jesus is the “seed”.
Today, we all have become the “seed” through our faith and baptism in the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us not be afraid to call on our mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. God has made her great and there is nothing anybody can do about it. Pray your Rosary without fear, it is a weapon against the kingdom of darkness in the power of Jesus Christ. The devil will try to discourage you to drop this weapon, he will send people to tell you all kinds of lies about the rosary and the holy mother Church; that is his work, to tell lies. Mary must be honoured!