During the Octave of Christmas we celebrate of the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ. On January 1, we have the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. We are eternally indebted to Saint Luke for writing his gospel which contains the infancy narratives having to do with the conception and births of Saint John the Baptist and Jesus, and the events that took place immediately after their births. The crucial role of Our Lady in the incarnation of the Son of God—that is, his “enfleshment” as a human being, is summed up very nicely in an ancient statement of one of the Fathers of the Church. He said, very simply, “She gave divinity to humanity, and humanity to divinity.” It is not hard to understand that. Our Blessed Mother became the mother of the Savior, who is God the Son, the second Person of the Holy Trinity. She agreed to become his mother, and thus to give him—this child of hers—to the entire human race as its Redeemer. And since Our Lord wanted to come into our world as a human being—one of us in this human race of ours, he took flesh in the body of Our Lady. He drew from her body the flesh and bone and blood and sinew that he needed to become first an infant, then a child, then an adolescent, and then an adult man. Thus it is perfectly true to say that she gave divinity (her divine Son) to humanity (meaning us human beings, past, present and to come), and she gave humanity (our human nature with its body and blood) to divinity (the son of God.) It is through her that God enters our world, our history, our time, our earthly family. He inserts himself into his own creation, using the virgin of Nazareth as his means of entrance into the world of human beings. Her role is totally unique. She and God the Father are the only two persons who can look into the face of Jesus, newborn and lying in the manger, and say to him, “You are my Son.” Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.