January 1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

In the second reading of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, we find the phrase:

“The proof that you are children of God is the fact that God has sent forth into our hearts the spirit of the child who calls out ‘abba!’” (Priests for Equality. The Inclusive Bible: The First Egalitarian Translation (p. 754). Sheed & Ward. Kindle Edition.)

We long for proof for many things:

That we are loved by our parents or children.

That we are respected by our peers.

That we are worthy of love.

That we really belong.

That we have gifts that the world needs.

What do the readings for today tell us if not that we are more special and more loved than we could ever imagine. We are God’s own children, with God’s own Spirit in our hearts, with “Abba!” filling our souls with love.

We celebrate today that Mary is special, Mother of God. The second reading reminds us that we too are related to God, special to God and filled with God. What we know is that God lavishes us with “proof,” that God wants us to know that we too, as well as Mary, are precious to God. Like children, delighted and overwhelmed with joy, we babble “Abba!”

— Blog entry by Sister Terry Walter; Image by Freepik

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.