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Why do Roman Catholics talk a lot about Mary but not other Christians?
Thank you for your interesting question about Mary.
You are right to say that the Catholic Church talk a lot about Mary, they view her with almost deity like majesty. This was reacted against in the Reformation when the leaders of the Protestant Church moved away from the worship of Mary. It is possible that they have moved too far away and now Mary is hardly discussed at all.
We hear the story of Mary quite often around Christmas time. This is when her role as Jesus' mother comes into focus. She had a great responsibility and a great task to carry and give birth to Jesus. I would not go as far to say that Mary is never mentioned in the Protestant Church, however I would say that she is not worshipped nor adored above or equal to God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. We see our worship is meant only for them and not for any other saints, angels or people.
Mary did do a great thing, and she then went on to marry Joseph and have a normal family life. Jesus went on to live a perfect life and die for our sins. This is why he deserves our worship and adoration; He alone is worthy of praise. Consider in Revelation when the writer tries to worship an angel:
Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
Mary knew who Jesus was: she told the servants at the wedding to listen to him when he performed his first miracle of turning water into wine. I believe that Mary would also want us to listen to Jesus and worship him alone. Mary cannot do anything more for us now. I believe that she is in heaven with all of the other believers that have gone before us. She did an amazing thing of carrying Jesus inside her as a human, but now all believers also carry Jesus inside them:
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me (Colossians 1:27-29).
Mary was the first person to know Jesus was inside her. This is a sign of how all believers now carry Jesus in their lives too. When we trust that Jesus died for us, we are forgiven and given the Holy Spirit as a promise of the new life to come in heaven and also to help us live a new life now.
As non-Roman Catholics we don't talk about Mary much because we see Jesus is much greater and all of our time needs to be spent ultimately focusing on him. Many people have done great things for God, but only God deserves our praise and worship. This does not mean we should not talk about them, but when we do discuss them in Church and as we study the Bible, let us not forget who the Bible is ultimately about and give the glory to God!
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