Saturday, January 1, 2011

Mary, Mother of God

Today we celebrate and honor Mary, Virgin and Mother.
We ask for her motherly compassion to show us the way to her son, Jesus.

She said "yes" to God's invitation to be the mother of His Son, Jesus.
She also shows us how to keep all things in our heart, and be credible witnesses for a culture of peace.

Mary has an important role to play in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. She consents to God's invitation conveyed by the angel (Luke 1:26-38).

Elizabeth proclaims: "Most blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" (Luke 1:42-43, emphasis added). Mary's role as mother of God places her in a unique position in God's redemptive plan.
"The Blessed Virgin was eternally predestined, in conjunction with the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. By decree of divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving mother of the divine Redeemer, an associate of unique nobility, and the Lord's humble handmaid. She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ" (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 61).
(This entry appears in the print edition of Saint of the Day.)

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