Men and women of the Bible



Mary is the Mother of the Church




The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the mother of the Church: ‘Since the Virgin Mary's role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in the mystery of the Church. "The Virgin Mary... is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer.... She is 'clearly the mother of the members of Christ'... since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head.’ ‘Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church’. (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 963)




According to the Scripture, the mother of the Church is not Mary but the Jerusalem above, for Paul says to the Galatians: “But the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written: Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband” (Galatians 4:26-27 – NKJV).

Peter says that Sarah, the wife of Abraham, is the mother of the Christian women, as he says to them: “You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear” (1 Peter 3:6 – NIV).