of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mother of God
Today is the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her title as Mother of God. It is a Holy Day of Obligation; please be sure to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
I’ll be somewhat brief in my post today. Most of the information I have comes from the excellent Beginning Apologetics series by Fr. Frank Chacon and Jim Burnham. I highly recommend these books – especially for beginners. I wish that I had known about them when I really began trying to understand the faith.
- What is a “Solemnity”? What is a “Feast”? What does it matter? For those answers, please refer to my post last year about the Solemnity of the Annunciation. (Plus, you’ll get to discover some great information about Our Lady.)
- Does the Bible show that Mary is the Mother of God? I’m glad you asked. The answer is YES!!
- Lk 1:35 – The Archangel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive a child, and “the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.”
- Lk 1:43 – The Blessed Virgin, already pregnant with Christ, goes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. When she arrives, Elizabeth greets Mary, “Who am I, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” In the New Testament, the word Lord refers only to God.
- Matt 1:23 – The Archangel Gabriel reassures Joseph that he should continue in his plans to marry Mary, telling him that the child’s name “shall be called Emmanuel, which means God with us.”
- Yeah, but Protestants don’t believe that; do they? I can’t speak for Protestants. But, I can quote three of the leaders of the Protestant movement. (All quotes are taken from the Beginning Apologetics #6 workbook.)
- Martin Luther – “In this work whereby she was made the Mother of God, so many and such good things were given her that no one can grasp them…”
- John Calvin – “…Elizabeth calls Mary Mother of the Lord, because the unity of the person in the two natures of Christ was such that she could have said that the mortal man engendered in the womb of Mary was at the same time the eternal God.”
- Ulrich Zwingli – “It was given to her what belongs to no creature, that in the flesh she should bring forth the Son of God.”
- What about all that “blessed” stuff? The Blessed Virgin herself tells us that we shall call her “Blessed”. In Lk 1:46-55, we read Mary’s Magnificat: “…for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed…”
- It all seems obvious. So, what’s the big deal then? There was no big deal in the first four centuries of Christianity.
- Then, a bishop, Nestorius, promoted the heresy that Jesus is not one person, but two persons; and and Mary was the mother of just the human person.
- In 431, the Council of Ephesus (where the Blessed Virgin lived out her final days on Earth) condemed this heresy. It gave Mary the title Theotokos, or “God-bearer”. This title – while honoring Mary – was also meant to preserve the Truth about Jesus Christ, namely that He is ONE PERSON, with TWO NATURES (one divine and one human), subsisting in a Hypostatic Union.
There’s more, much more. But, I’ll leave it at that. I wish you and your families a very holy New Year.
Meanwhile, please enjoy Kelly Pease performing “Mother’s Song (Handmaid of the Lord)”.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL. PLEASE GIVE IT A LISTEN.