Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us!
Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.
“The Apostle tells us: ‘The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, and so had to be like his brothers in all things.’ He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence; she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: ‘She wrapped him in swaddling clothes.’ Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered because the child was her firstborn. Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of what will be born in you’ to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of ‘what will be fron from you,’ so that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her.
“By taking our nature and offering it in sacrifice, the Word was to destroy it completely and then invest it with his own nature, and so prompt the Apostle to say: ‘This corruptmble body must put on incorruption; this mortal body must put on immortality.’ ” (From the second reading of the Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours).
Art: Madonna, Franz Defregger, 1886, PD-US author’s term of life plus 80 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.