“My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for He has looked upon the lowliness of His handmaiden”
“Since the Virgin Mary’s role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider Her place in the mystery of the Church. ‘The Virgin Mary . . . is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the Redeemer. . . . She is ‘clearly the Mother of the members of Christ’ . . . since She has by Her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head.” “Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church
“The predestination of the Blessed Virgin as Mother of God was associated with the incarnation of the Divine Word: in the designs of Divine Providence, She was the gracious Mother of the Divine Redeemer here on earth, and above all others and in a singular way the generous associate and humble Handmaid of the Lord. She conceived, brought forth, and nourished Christ, She presented Him to the Father in the temple, shared Her Son’s sufferings as He died on the Cross. Thus, in a wholly singular way, She co-operated by Her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Saviour in restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason She is a Mother to us in the order of grace.” (‘LUMEN GENTIUM’, Ch.8:61)
With these beautiful words, the Fathers of Second Vatican Council set out why it is that the Blessed Virgin Mary is truly the Mother of God, and what this means to us as followers of Her Son.
Speaking last year on the feast of Mary, Mother of God, Father Antony Kadavil gave his own repsonse to the question of ‘why’ –
“Why did Jesus give us His Mother? Jesus gave us his Mother so that she would be the Mother of all humanity. After having considered the role of the Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit, we should think about her role in the mystery of the Church. We know that the Virgin Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ and, consequently, the Mother of God. But she is also the Mother of the Church, which is the Body of Christ. Because of this, the mission of Mary is totally inseparable from the mission of the Church. And it should be clearly stated that the role of Mary, as Mother of all humanity, in no way eclipses or diminishes Christ. On the contrary, her role can only help to clarify Christ’s role. This is one of the reasons God decided to share his Mother with us.” (Father Antony Kadavil)
Throughout the centuries, the Saints have similarly reminded us that not only is the Blessed Virgin the Mother of God, but this means – by extension – that She is our own Mother, too. And for this reason, those same Saints have so strongly and consistently recommended to us to engender within our hearts a filial devotion to this Woman, She who Pope St Paul VI called ‘Signum Magnum’ – the Great Sign.
Mary is the great sign of the coming of the Lord, of the God Who is with us and Who now, through the Incarnation of the Son of God, walks among us as a real and living Person, Jesus Christ.
She is the great sign, too, of the future of the Church and of it’s members, and of what we are to be in eternity – for She enjoys now the fullness and perfection of what we hope to achieve one day, by the grace of God, in reaching Heaven.
And She is the great sign who points always, as the Morning Star, toward the Son.
What we give to Mary, She gives to Christ, perfecting it and making it pleasing and acceptable to Him. When we give ourselves to Mary, She obtains for us every grace and the fullness of the mercy of Christ, gradually purifying us and leading us in the way of virtue and sanctity, that we mnight be ever more perfectly united to the Lord in this life, so as to be with Him forever in the next.
On this feast of Mary, Mother of God, let each of us give Her our devotion and our love, recommending ourselves to Her motherly protection and intercession, and asking Her never to forget us and our needs as She stands ever faithfully at the Crib and at the Cross of the Lord, Her Son.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.