Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

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Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God by Fr. Isaac A. Mensah

First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
Second Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 2:16-21


Theme: Mary Our Intercessor


Why do we need an intercessor?

The definition is basic: an intercessor is someone who prays, petitions, or begs God in favor of another person. It’s a Biblical concept that appears often. The most famous case probably is when Abram barters God down from the need to find 50 righteous men to 10 righteous men in order to spare Sodom and Gomorrah. The role of an intercessor is therefore crucial in the lives of people seeking favour or justice from authority on their matter. We are still in the Christmas season and as we begin a new year, the Mother Church proposes to us no mean an intercessor than the Mother of God herself- Blessed Virgin Mary. Her cooperate role in our salvation history cannot be overemphasized.

Explanation of the Text

In our first reading of today we hear how God directed Moses an intercessor to instruct his brother and his sons who were given the priestly ministry, how to bless God’s people. Aaron and his sons have been made intercessors by the gift of priesthood conferred on them.

Thus our first reading today is a very important new year’s blessing direct from God to us, His people. It is a sign of God’s faithfulness, and His willingness to work with us this year. Hence, through His blessings, God has equipped us for the journey ahead this year. So, all we need say is a resounding amen to this blessing and walk justly with God this year.

In our second reading, Paul recounts the incarnation of God in Mary and makes allusions to the fact that we all have become adoptive children of God. The role of Mary in the life of the child Jesus is amplified in our Gospel reading of today. The writer mentions that, “… But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart…” The Greek word συμβάλλουσα (sumballousa) which the English translates as “pondering” carries the nuance of conversing or speaking mentally nay meditatively. It is also a present active participle. This suggests that Mary is always speaking on our behalves in matters affecting her children. Remember in John 2 she exhibited her mediatrix role by pleading with her son to salvage a near-shame event at Cana.

May Mother Mary continue to intercede for us in this year so as to over come our challenges. We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God despise not our petitions in our necessities but deliver us from all dangers.




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