This first of January 2023, we celebrate a Marian feast that we have to promote on all the first of January, it is the feast of Mary, Mother of God. Marian Catholics have to make this feast of love and fervor known.

Mary is Mother of God. And that truth that we receive from the first knowledge of our religion is given to us, it is said so easily, but -if we look closely- it is a colossal, incomprehensible, infinite miracle.

Nor by the way, was this truth always accepted. The Church had to convene a Council, that of Ephesus, in the year 431 to condemn a heresy that sought to demonstrate that Mary was the mother of Jesus-Man, but not of Jesus-God. And from that moment “Mary, Mother of God” is a dogma of faith for Christians.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is, then, truly the Mother of God because her Son, Jesus Christ, is not only Man, but also God. Of course, Mary could not engender the divinity of her Son, who as God is eternal, but she is undoubtedly the Mother of Jesus Christ who is God. Therefore, she is the Mother of God. This is how her cousin Saint Elizabeth recognized it when, “filled with the Holy Spirit” in the presence of Mary, she exclaimed: “Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come and see me”? (Lk 1, 41-43 ).

All of Mary’s exceptional graces, gifts and privileges derive from the fact of her divine maternity, including those received chronologically before she was made the Mother of God, such as her Immaculate Conception. Likewise, all the graces, gifts and privileges that we receive are due to the fact that Mary is the Mother of God, because “conceived Christ, begetting him, suffering with her Son when he died on the cross, she cooperated… in order to restore the supernatural life of souls. That is why she is our Mother in the order of grace ”(LG 10).

Therefore, in this atmosphere of celebration of the Birth of the Son, which today’s Gospel refers to us (Lk 2, 16-21) the Church invites us to celebrate the first day of each year to Mary, Mother of God… and our mother.

Modern popular piety has captured it well and that is why it has attached this information to this sentence: “Blessed be forever the Holy Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, always Virgin, Mother of God… and our Mother”.

We read in the Second Reading (Ga 4, 4-7) Brethren: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to rescue those of us who were under the law, to order to make us his children. Since you are already children, God sent into his hearts the Spirit of his Son, who cries out “Abba!”, that is, Father! So you are no longer a servant, but a son; and being a son, you are also an heir by the will of God

Parodying Saint Paul, since we are already children, if we can call the Father that way, we can also call the Mother: Mother! Mother! Breast! Mommy!

And “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (Jn 3:16). Likewise, parodying Saint John the Evangelist, we can properly say that “Mary loved us so much that she also gave us her only Son, so that we all have eternal life.”

For this reason, She, who has engendered us at such a high price – nothing less than the price of the life of her most beloved Son – wants us to live as true children of hers and of the Eternal Father.

But it seems that we do not want to live like this. We say that we want the graces that come to us through the hands of the Virgin, but we also want our will. And the two things cannot go together. We say that we want to live under the mantle of the Virgin, but we also want to live under the mantle of our whims. We say that we want to receive God’s gifts, but we believe that our own desires are more important than those gifts.

For this reason, on this first of the year, we could write a blank letter to the Lord, which began in imitation of the Mother of God, with a “Have it be done to me according to your wishes” and ended with an “Amen. So be it”, letting Him, the infinitely Wise and Kind Father, fill her with her desires, her designs, her plans for our life.

Thus we will be able to receive from this first day of the year the blessing with the words that God himself left us and that we read in the First Reading: (Num 6, 22-27) At that time, the Lord spoke to Moses and said: “Say to Aaron and his sons: “This is how they will bless the Israelites: The Lord bless you and protect you, make his face shine upon you and grant you his favor. May the Lord look upon you with benevolence and grant you peace.” Thus they will call upon my Name upon the Israelites and I will bless them.”
Love for Mary is a gift of true Christianity. We cannot ignore the Mother and even less profane her name, as some heretics do. The construction of a new Christianity, has in Mary, Saint Joseph and the Child a family model, holy, where the salvific source of our Triune God is.

Professor of Religion and Philosophy. Bachelor of Education. Graduated from the Catholic University of Maule.