Mary, Mother of God
Marys divine motherhood broadens the Christmas spotlight. Mary has an important role to play in the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. She consents to Gods invitation conveyed by the angel (Luke 1:26-38). Elizabeth proclaims: Most blessed are you among women and blessed is thefruit of your womb
. And how does this happen to me, thatthe mother of my Lord
should come to me? (Luke 1:42-43, emphasis added). Marys role as mother of God places her in a unique position in Gods redemptive plan.
Without naming Mary, Paul asserts that God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law (Galatians 4:4). Pauls further statement that God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out Abba, Father! helps us realize that Mary is mother to all the brothers and sisters of Jesus.
Some theologians also insist that Marys motherhood of Jesus is an important element in Gods creative plan. Gods first thought in creating was Jesus. Jesus, the incarnate Word, is the one who could give God perfect love and worship on behalf of all creation. As Jesus was first in Gods mind, Mary was second insofar as she was chosen from all eternity to be his mother.
The precise title Mother of God goes back at least to the third or fourth century. In the Greek formTheotokos
(God-bearer), it became the touchstone of the Churchs teaching about the Incarnation. The Council of Ephesus in 431 insisted that the holy Fathers were right in calling the holy virginTheotokos
. At the end of this particular session, crowds of people marched through the street shouting: Praised be theTheotokos
! The tradition reaches to our own day. In its chapter on Marys role in the Church, Vatican IIsDogmatic Constitution on the Church
calls Mary Mother of God 12 times.