Date: 11/13/2003 3:37:51 PM
Name or Pseudonym: Oscar
Hello Doubtful, & welcome!
Well - let me try to address each of your points:
Firstly, invocation of the saints has been a common practice since the dawn of Christianity. Its funny that people will encourage others to pray for themselves and their loved ones, but they wont ask the very Mother of God, who is in Heaven with Him, to do the same?
Christ was Marys Savior just as He is everyones - that does not mean she sinned. How would she have entered Heaven had Christ not opened the gates through His redemptorative act? The gates of heaven were closed to all, even Moses, Abraham, Noah and all the Old Testament saints, until Christ re-opened them.
Christ says, "ask and it will be granted." But that presupposes the asker is asking for the right thing; that his will is properly in line with Gods. Thats not a good presumption. But we can be certain that Marys will is identical the that of Gods. Again, we have the example from the very Bible you point others to of the Apostles asking for Marys assistance at the wedding in Cana.
You look for a good solid Bible teaching at Mass - but thats not the purpose of the Mass. We worship God at Mass by offering up the sacrifice He made on the cross. Worship requires an act and the assent of the will, not a scripture reading or a jamboree.
Reading biblical texts at a Mass is secondary to the primary purpose of worshipping Him.
That being said, the Church has always recommended the Bible to people; it was the Church that brought the Bible together for our benefit. What the Church does NOT encourage is private interpretation. And the Churchs wisdom on that matter has been proven by the many sects and wayward belief systems that have been created by mere men through such private interpretations.