Scripture Reflections for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Year B, Lectionary 18

If we acknowledge Jesus as both human and divine then part of what we accept is Jesus' birth to a human mother: Mary. This special bond and relationship is the starting point where we can begin to understand the incarnation. From an earthly and human perspective, Jesus came from Mary. From a divine perspective, Mary came from God, Jesus. God is offering humanity a special bond and relationship that began with Mary and extends to us as adopted children of God.

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Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Galatians 4:4-7

“the danger was that some Christians were denying the fullness of Jesus's humanity and the fullness of his divinity and so the Church confessed Mary as Mother of God in order to safeguard the mystery of the Incarnation”

Catholic Productions | "The Second Reading from Mass for the The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God" | Brant Pitre | December 30, 2019
Luke 2:16-21

“Let's remember the glorious mother raising her child to help us all be free and then spend our time, our energy, our prayers, our actions working to help all people be free”

Catholic Women Preach | Dr. Kim R. Harris | January 1, 2021

“The blessings of God can come to us in packagings that may seem like disappointments and misfortune but if we rely on the Holy Spirit we will not pray those packages away. We will not ship them away and will not miss the blessings of God.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | January 2, 2019

“We find that word fiat another place in the bible. Genesis chapter 1, verse 3...God said 'fiat lux.' 'Let there be light and there was light.' And so we see that the Daughter of God becomes the Mother of God. And when she declares her fiat 'let it be done,' light comes into the world again.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "Mary: Docile as a Daughter, Determined as a Mother" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | January 1, 2022

“But efficiency is not God's goal. Love, love is God's goal. And God somehow knows that, that somehow we need to play a part in our own salvation not because God needs us to but because we need it. It's part of the way that we're saved.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | January 1, 2023

“Before you set out you have a destination in mind. And so we are on a journey and the ultimate destination of this journey is the same as our origin, our original origin, which is God. So God is our ultimate destination.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | January 2, 2020
Overall Readings

“So today as we remember the message of the shepherds and consider who the messengers of peace are in our communities, perhaps we might choose a message of peace for ourselves this new year that we can both keep in our hearts and live into for the next 365 days”

Catholic Women Preach | Michelle Sherman | January 1, 2024

“I pray through the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, may God change all stumbling blocks in our way into stepping stones leading us from one point of Victory unto another until we come to our Heavenly inheritance through Christ Our Lord”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 30, 2023

“We don't worship Mary but we honor her because of her role in salvation. She said 'yes' to God's plan. God could have saved the world any way God wanted to. God is God but God chose to give us...our Savior, his son, our blessed Jesus, through the gift of woman.”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | Fr. Stephen Thorne | January 3, 2020

“And if we know our name, child of God, daughter and son of the Most High, then like Mary we can find that fortitude of the Holy Spirit, that courage that comes from God's grace, to simply say 'yes, yes Lord. However this may be let it be according to your word, to your will'”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | January 1, 2023

“What astonished them was that the family looked just like theirs. And this led to questions in their hearts: if this is true then could it be possible, could it be that an ordinary family like mine could bring about the manifestation of God? Could bring about a new era of peace in the world?”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | December 31, 2020

“Luke doesn’t tell us what became of the shepherds nor about what happened to the people who were astonished at what the shepherds had to say. Was it just a one-day wonder and life continued afterwards as if nothing had happened?”

"The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | December 25, 2022

“Being the mother of God did not insulate her from the challenges of this life. Similarly, being a Christian will not insulate any of us from the challenges of this life.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 26, 2022

“Our Lady did not keep that blessing to herself...that love could not be contained in one space. The message had to spread to the shepherds...they carry that love to other people so that the other people also receive the same blessing as they did.”

Catholic Women Preach | Draru Mary Cecilia, LSMIG | December 27, 2019

“Being blessed and being a blessing to others serves God's people”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | January 1, 2023

“May Mary, our mother, continue to be a source of comfort and inspiration to you and like Mary bring the love of Jesus into the world however you can”

Catholic Women Preach | Lauri Przybysz | January 1, 2023

“What can we learn from God's action of choosing a woman whom we in our world we refer to as a 'nobody' to carry in her womb Jesus, God's loving son?”

Catholic Women Preach | Wamũyũ Teresia Wachira, IBVM | January 2, 2019

“let us always remember we walk by faith and not by sight and we have such glorious witnesses as our mother Mary to show us what it means to put one foot in front of the other, trusting her son, trusting our God to always do what is right and just for us”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | January 1, 2021

“Mary offered her life in service to God but she also offered her life in service to us”

Fr. Tony Ricard | January 1, 2023