If a mother is doing all the things a mother is called on to do throughout any given day, then odds are she’s doing way too much…
Yeah, it’s safe to say a good mother earns her fair share of love and respect. Take Mary, for instance. She carried the incarnate God in her womb and provided all of the genetic material for his body. She cared for him as a child and guided him as a young man at the start of his ministry. She was there for Jesus at the end of his earthly life and for his followers at the beginning of his Church. And now Mary resides in Heaven and intercedes on behalf of anyone who asks her to. Yep, I’d say she’s due for more than just a nice card. That’s why the Church is quick to shower as much honor on the mother of Christ as it can on the first day of each year.
Ginny Kubitz Moyer, author of Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God, had this to say about the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:
“The use of the word ‘Solemnity’ here is not a statement about Mary’s personality. It is a designation used for certain days within the liturgical (church-based) calendar of the Church. Solemnities are the highest rank of liturgical celebration, higher than feast days or memorials. By celebrating a solemnity dedicated to Mary’s motherhood, the Church highlights the significance of her part in the life of Jesus, and emphasizes that he is both human and divine.”
See, it’s about Mary, but’s it’s really about her child. Which is the way it is with all good moms when you really stop and think about it.