Thursday, January 1, 2009

Jan 1, Feast of Mary, the Mother of God

January 1, the Feast of Mary the Mother of God
Who do you think Jesus is? Today we are very familiar with the idea of his being the second person of the divine Trinity, fully God and fully man, but during the fourth century this was a very new idea.
The feast of Mary, the Mother of God was proclaimed as a way to both honor Mary and make clear exactly who Jesus is ~ not a person who claimed to be divine like the Roman emperors, not a god who just assumed a human "disguise" like the ancient Roman and Greek gods, but that he is God come to earth as man. Fully man and fully God, making Mary the Mother of God.

Today is also a holy day of obligation ~ if you didn't make it to mass today, I'm sure you can find a church that will welcome you tomorrow!

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