The Gospel Today
The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord, Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision,
he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel
before he was conceived in the womb.
Reflection (Sem. Emmanuel Calumpong):
The title Mary, Mother of God posts a problem to some non-Catholic religions. They object to this title because they say that Mary, a human being, cannot be the mother of God. To be the mother of God, she has to be God herself, and Mary is no God.
This argument seems to be logical, but it loses its sense when applied to reality. When my brother got ordained priest, my mother acquired the title, “nanay ng pari”. No one objected to it or argued “How can she be the mother of the priest, when she is not a priest?” The title therefore, “mother of the priest” emphasizes not so much on the mother but the son who became priest.
So it is with Mary. To call her Mother of God is to make Jesus shine more as God. Mary prefers to stay in the background like a frame to a picture. But because of the fine quality of the frame, which is Mary, the beauty of the picture is greatly enhanced.
As we enter another year, let us give our hand to Mary, so that she could hold it and guide us through our daily tasks and in our journey to her Son, Jesus, who in turn will lead us to his Father in heaven.
New Year’s day is also The World Day of Peace. All Christians, I believe, should have a passion for peace, for it is a true mark of the followers of Jesus. May we be resolved to have one or two less enemies this coming year and two or three new friends. May we seek for what unites us and not what divides. May peace, which is based on justice, reign in our hearts and in the hearts of all.
Mary, Queen of Peace, intercede for peace in our land and the whole world.