By Teri Untalan
For Umatuna Si Yu’os
Welcome to the New Year! How awesome that we begin our year with Mass in celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God.
Follow us in the Umatuna Si Yu’os as we spend a year with Mary. We will share highlights of our Blessed Mother’s life, her appearances and messages throughout the ages, and how she is universally loved throughout the world.
We hope that as you learn more about Mary, you will deepen your love for her and through her, deepen your love for her Son.
Jan. 1 is a solemnity in the Church calendar, or liturgical calendar. It is not the observance of the start of the New Year which, in the liturgical year, begins on the first Sunday of Advent. This solemnity commemorates Mary, the Mother of God.
This day has also been known as the Circumcision of the Lord. On the eighth day of His life, Jesus shed His first blood for the first time when He was -circumcised.
Mary would have been the one to nurse His wound, washing off His blood for the next few days as the infant Jesus healed. This was perhaps one of many times when “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19), a memory she may have recalled as she followed Him to Calvary.
The Mother of God (Greek: Theotokos, “God-bearer”) proclaims that Mary is the mother of the person of Jesus, who is God:
The One whom (Mary) conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly “Mother of God” (CCC 495).
Mary gave birth to Jesus. She did not give birth to a body, a soul, a nature, or two natures. She gave birth to the person, Jesus, and that one person is God: if Jesus Christ is one, eternal and unchangeable divine person – God – and Mary is His mother – then Mary is the mother of that one, eternal, unchangeable, divine person – God.