|Theotokos, Greek for Mother of God|
Today’s celebration goes back to the year 431 at the Council of Ephesus where it was declared as official doctrine that Mary is the Mother of God. Yet, this teaching of Mary as Mother of God, has been in the heart of our Church even before it was declared officially.
The doctrine is in the writings of the early Church Fathers who recognized the sacred truth and great gift of Divine maternity that was bestowed upon Mary, the humble handmaid of the Lord. In fact, even the
In today’s second reading to the Galatians 4:4-7, Saint Paul says that “[in] the fullness of time God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”
Mary, in a way, can be seen as a bridge between God and humanity. It is through her that the divinity of Jesus enters into our world so that we can share in the life of God.
|Fr. John Paul Shea|
As we begin this New Year of 2016, many in our world do not rejoice. Many live in sorrow and confusion. Many live with no hope. But not us! Today’s celebration gives us hope because it reveals to us God’s plan!
Let us be reminded too that as God used Mary to come into our world, so He continues to use Her to protect us from harm and all evil as we prepare for Her Son’s return in glory.
As we enter into this New Year, let us be prepared for whatever may come. The world will face difficulties. At some point in time, when the struggles reach a climax, the world will come to the realization that it cannot control all its problems on its own. We pray that when this time comes that the powers of today’s world will turn to the only solution to all problems: Our Lord Jesus Christ.
But, as Catholics, we are a step ahead of the world. In fact, we are not of the world. We are sons and daughters of God because God has sent His spirit into our hearts. Let us hold onto this great gift!