Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Mary Mother of God.

When we address Mother Mary with the title ‘Mother of God’, fundamentalist are horrified!! How could God have a mother?

We know that God has no mother in eternity, but when God the son became human, he was born of the Virgin Mary (Matt 1:16. Gal 14:4). So she is his mother in his incarnation.

Lk1:43 – Elizabeth use of ‘Mother of my Lord’ (in Hebrew, Elizabeth used Adonai which means Lord God) is the equivalent of ‘Holy Mary, mother of God’ which Catholics pray in the Rosary. The formula is simple; Jesus is a divine person, and this person is God. Mary is Jesus’ mother, so Mary is the mother of God.

Mary is not just the mother of Jesus’ human nature – for mothers are mothers of persons, not natures.

If Mary is the Mother of Jesus, and if Jesus is God, then Mary is the Mother of God. There is no way out of this logical syllogism.

When we honor Mary as the Mother of God, nobody should be confused that she is older than God or the source of her son’s divinity, for she is neither.

Rather, we say that she is the Mother of God in the sense that she carried in her womb a divine person – Jesus Christ, God in the flesh and in the sense that she contributed the genetic matter to the human form God took in Jesus Christ. She is mother of God and not God. So we honor her and not worship her.

It is so fitting that we end this year and begin the New Year taking Mary as our Model of Faith. In the Gospel that we just heard, we see Mary kept all these ‘strange’ happenings and reflecting on them in her heart.

We too today look back at our past, the events of the 2012, be it good happenings or not so good. And as we reflect on them let all those ‘stumbling blocks’ be a ‘stepping stone’ for us in this new year of 2013.

This remind me of the song ‘ Lord I offer my life to you’ which is so fitting for today….
All that I am, all that I have
I lay them down before you, oh Lord
All my regrets, all my acclaims
The joy and the pain, I'm making them yours
Things in the past, things yet unseen
Wishes and dreams that are yet to come true
All of my heart, all of my praise
My heart and my hands are lifted to you

Lord, I offer my life to you
Everything I've been through
Use it for your glory
Lord I offer my days to you
Lifting my praise to you
As a pleasing sacrifice
Lord I offer you my life

Let me end the homily with the blessings of the new year, the prayer  that we heard in the 1st reading:-
The LORD bless you and keep you!
The LORD let his face shine upon
you, and be gracious to you!
The LORD look upon you kindly and
give you peace!