SCHEDULE OF MASSES FOR THE
SOLEMNITY OF THE VIRGIN MARY MOTHER OF GOD
(Holy day of obligation)
Tuesday, January 1, 2019
9:30AM (Solemn High Mass)
The Virgin Mary has many titles under which we honor her. The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God commemorates the utterly unique, and unrepeatable, bond she shared with Jesus, a bond no other saint can claim. Jesus and Mary probably even looked very much alike, as hers was the only human DNA in his body. What a beautiful thing that our God did not float down from heaven on a golden pillow. How good that He was not forged from a fiery anvil. How just that He did not ride to earth on a thunderbolt. Jesus could not redeem what He did not assume. So it was fitting that He was born like all of us – from a mom. We honor Mary for her vocation as mother. If she had disappeared from the pages of the Gospel after giving birth to Jesus she still would have fulfilled her role in salvation history. She was obedient. She was generous. She allowed God to use her, body and soul, to write the first chapter of man’s true story, the story of the Church. Like all true stories, the person comes first. A life is lived. The book comes later.