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The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

**Note: The following is taken from the Office of Readings (Liturgy of the Hours)

From a letter by Saint Athanasius, bishop The Word took our nature from Mary

The Apostle tells us: The Word took to himself the sons of Abraham, and so had to be like his brothers in all things. He had then to take a body like ours. This explains the fact of Mary’s presence: she is to provide him with a body of his own, to be offered for our sake. Scripture records her giving birth, and says: She wrapped him in swaddling clothes. Her breasts, which fed him, were called blessed. Sacrifice was offered because the child was her firstborn. Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you” to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from outside; he spoke of “what will be born from you” so that we might know by faith that her child originated within her and from her.

By taking our nature and offering it in sacrifice, the Word was to destroy it completely and then invest it with his own nature, and so prompt the Apostle to say: This corruptible body must be put on incorruption; this mortal body must put on immortality.

This was not done in outward show only, as some have imagined. This is not so. Our Savior truly became man, and from this has followed the salvation of man as a whole. Our Savior is in no way fictitious, nor does it apply to the body. The salvation of the whole man, that is, of soul and body, has really been achieved in the Word himself.

What was born of Mary was, therefore, human by nature, in accordance with the inspired Scriptures, and the body of the Lord was a true body: It was a true body because it was the same as ours. Mary, you see, is our sister, for we are all born from Adam.

The words of Saint John: The Word was made flesh, bear the same meaning, as we may see from a similar turn of phrase in Saint Paul: Christ was made a curse for our sake. Man’s body has acquired something great through its communion and union with the Word. From being mortal it has been made immortal; though it was a living body it has become a spiritual one; though it was made from the earth it has passed through the gates of heaven.

Even when the Word takes a body from Mary, the Trinity remains a Trinity, with neither increase nor decrease. It is forever perfect. In the Trinity, we acknowledge one Godhead, and thus one God, the Father of the Word, is proclaimed in the Church.

Wishing you and your family a fruitful and blessed New Year.

Christ is born!

Fr Greg

Bless the mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers! Without our mothers and fathers, we wouldn’t be here. Motherhood is the most important work in the world. It’s not just because mothers give us life; it’s because they give us love. Without our mothers, we wouldn’t have life or be the people we are. Mothers give us life and give us love. While the love of our fathers is very important for many reasons, mothers love us in a way that no one else can. The bond between a mother and child is the strongest bond on earth. We have a special love for our mothers because we have a special bond with them that begins in their wombs. This is why abortion is so painful to mothers, especially: it kills the child with whom they have already bonded. Mother Teresa called it the “greatest poverty”.

The bond between a mother and child is the strongest bond on earth. We see this with each of our three mothers: our own mother, the Blessed Mother, and Holy Mother Church. Our own mothers give us natural life. It is through our mothers and fathers that we have life in the first place. Thank God they were open to life! Our mothers have said yes to life and have said yes to love. They have nurtured us, formed us, and loved us to be the people we are today. They continue to live out the strongest bond on earth; a mother’s work is never done. They consistently want what’s best for us and continually give their life for us. They want us to have life and to have it abundantly.

While our mothers bring us natural life, our Blessed Mother has brought us supernatural life in her Son, Jesus Christ. Thank God Mary and Joseph were open to life! Mary said yes to God and to life and love her whole life. She is the example to all mothers because she always said yes to God as a mother. She always trusted that He would take care of Jesus and lead him to what was best for him. With God’s help, she formed Jesus in his human nature to be the man He became. He has become our Savior through Mary. Everything we have in Christ is through his mother, Mary. It is through her ‘yes’ that we have a Savior.

We experience supernatural life in Christ through Holy Mother Church. As Pope John Paul II taught us, “the Church as Mother gives birth to, educates, and builds up the Christian family”. We are a Christian family and the Church is our mother. Just like our mothers and the Blessed Mother, Mother Church truly wants what’s best for us. She gives birth to our supernatural life in Christ in Baptism and nourishes it through all of the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. She educates us about the Word of God and the new commandment of love. She builds up our life in Christ through the love She shows us on a daily basis. It is because of Mother Church that we know about Jesus Christ in the first place and have the opportunity to enter into His love.

Let us thank God for our mothers, the Blessed Mother, and Holy Mother Church. We thank Him for the life he has given us through them. We thank Him that they have said yes to life and to love. Through our mothers, may we have life and have it abundantly. Through them, may each one of us receive God’s love and receive it abundantly.

May you know the peace of the risen Christ,

Fr Greg

Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy family – “The love of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph”

Former life

Love of holy family
God
Each other
Righteousness

Love in our families
God
Each other
Righteousness

Christ – center of family life / love