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Octave of Christmas (Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God), Year C

Mary, Mother of God


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Every year on January 1st, the Church celebrates a very special feast, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. So this year we will be looking at this feast in detail. I want to look closely at the Gospel. We are going to try to unpack the Gospel, see why the Church picks certain readings for this very special day, and then also just shed a little bit of light on the biblical background of why we, as Catholics, call Mary the Mother of God, and what exactly we’re celebrating on this feast day. So we are going to begin, as usual, with the reading from the Gospel itself. Every year it’s the same text that we read on this day, January 1st. It’s from Luke 2:16–21, and it is the story of the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, but in particular with a focus on the reaction to the message of Christ’s birth that had been given by the shepherds. So let’s read together from Luke 2:16–21. It says this...


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