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January 01, 2007

For the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Luke 2:16-21

In the earliest centuries of the Church, Christians found it necessary to answer those who said it was impossible for God to really have been born as a man.
No one questioned the historical, earthly existence of Jesus.
However, some thought that God could never be born as a real man of real flesh of blood.
The Church began to use the title “Mother of God” as a way of insisting that eternal God had truly come down from heaven to be born as a real man from the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Today is the eighth day of our celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
By the laws of God’s people, the eighth day of a boy’s life is the day he receives his name.
An angel revealed the name of Jesus to Mary before she conceived.
The name comes from the ancient Biblical Hebrew words for “God is salvation.”
Born of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus is the Lord God our Savior.
In the first reading today, our Lord tells us to invoke his name so that he will bless us and keep us.
He will let his face shine upon us, and be gracious to us.
He will look kindly upon us, and give us peace.
However, his blessing, his light, his grace, his kindness, and his peace that he gives to us have come at a price to himself.
Eternal God came out of eternity into the world, to be born of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Jesus was born under God’s law that holds sinners accountable.
Jesus was never a sinner, but he came among us sinners to pay our deadly ransom, to free us to become sons and daughters of God.
As the children of God through Christ, we are to obey the same law of God that Christ obeyed.
Honor your father and your mother,
as the Lord your God commanded you;
that your days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with you…. [Deuteronomy 5:16]

Jesus honored Mary.
Yesterday the Gospel again told us that Jesus lived with her in Nazareth, and that he subjected himself in obedience to her.
Jesus our Lord God and Savior received his human life through the Blessed Virgin Mary.
In celebrating the earthly birth of God the Son, we do well to ask the prayerful intercession of his mother whom he himself obeyed according to the plan of God the Father for our salvation.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death!

That God Be Glorified in All


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