2. The Son of God.
On the other hand, Mary saw in Jesus not only Her own Son but also the Son of God. Hence all Her affection, immense though it was, was always mixed with the highest respect and veneration.
It is a sublime inference that God placed in the heart of the Virgin Mother all the love, all the fond tenderness that the whole of mankind ought to have had for Jesus. Mary Herself loved Her Son more than the rest of all creatures. From the very first moments with Her ardent love She was able to atone for all the forgetfulness and ingratitude of all men who out of ignorance or malice, would not accept their Saviour. Thus Mary in Her heart represented all mankind and on their behalf She performed the functions of Mother, since indeed Her Son was not for her only but for all of us. He equally belongs to us all.
[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]