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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
1st Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
Resp.: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 2:16-21
Many people do not understand how Mary, a creature, can be called the mother of God. It is very simple: since she's Jesus's mother, and Jesus is God, she is therefore the Mother of God - Theotokos. She's is also called Christotokos, the mother of Christ which is correct but in theology, we always use the most correct and encompassing term which is Mother of God.
This solemnity falls on the last day of the Octave of Christmas. The Church wants us to keep in mind that while we do have a Savior, His Mother is also our mother too. As she said at the wedding at Cana: do whatever he tells you. May this be our motto for this new year.
Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD