There is something significant about this feast during the Octave of Christmas. It was only yesterday we honored the feast of the Holy Family but today we honor the special and unique role the Blessed Virgin Mary has as the Mother of God.
All women have a gift which is unique only to them and that is they have the capacity within them where life is developed and nurtured. On the feast of the Holy Family I mentioned how men and women were created distinct for a reason. Men and women have unique and special roles. While distinct however, men and women are unique in dignity before God. Mary embraced her special role and it was her yes that allowed her to become the Mother of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Today’s solemnity is a challenge to all women to see their vocations to be mothers as a special gift given and unique only to them. Mother’s especially expectant mothers should see the children in their womb not just as a child but more importantly as a child of God. Like the Blessed Mother all women carry within them God’s children for all of us are created in the image and likeness of God which makes all of us brothers and sisters in Christ. I want all of us to keep that image and that thought in the back of your minds, that a child in a mother’s womb is a daughter and son of God. Mankind must recapture that sense of wonder and awe of the most sacred gift of human life. All too often we in society forget that we are sons and daughters of God.
Before you leave Church today make it a point to stop over to visit the crèche over by the exit on the Blessed Mothers side. I ask that you be the shepherds we heard of in today’s Gospel and walk over to see the image of the infant lying in the manger. Then as you leave I ask each of you to meditate and ponder in your hearts the importance of that awesome gift. In your prayers, take some time to say “thank you” to Mary for giving us Jesus. Finally, the next time you hear an infant cry keep in mind that is a child of God. Our Lord has indeed blessed us in His mercy. There is no better way to show our appreciation to the Blessed Mother than by honoring the gift she bore for us…our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.