The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, by Gayle Somers

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By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange, Dec. 30, 2022

Gayle Somers is a member of St. Thomas the Apostle parish in Phoenix and has been writing and leading parish Bible studies since 1996. …

What was it like for Mary to be the Mother of God?  Our Gospel reading gives some hints.

Gospel (Read Lk 2:16-21)

Avatar photoIncluded in the Octave of Christmas is today’s solemnity, which gives us an opportunity to think about Mary’s participation in the Incarnation.  We know, of course, that the description of Mary as “Mother of God” came as a result of confusion in the early years of Christianity over the exact nature of the Incarnation.  The controversy pivoted on the question of whether Jesus was fully divine from the womb.  Some suggested that He was born human and endowed with His divine nature.   The Church declared that Jesus, from His conception in Mary’s womb, was fully human (from His mother) and fully divine (from His Father).  If we believe that Jesus is God (we do), then we believe that Mary is the Mother of God. …

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