8. Mary, the Holy Mother of God

8. Mary, the Holy Mother of God

When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4-5)

Meditation: Salvation through a woman

“When the fullness of time came, God sent forth his Son, born of woman” (Galatians 4:4). Born of woman: Jesus came in this way. He did not appear in the world as an adult but, as the Gospel tells us, he was “conceived in the womb” (Luke 2: 21); there he made our humanity his own, day after day, month after month. In the womb of a woman God and humanity are united, never to be separated again: even now, in heaven, Jesus lives in the flesh which he took in his mother’s womb. In God, there is our human flesh!”

“On the first day of the year we celebrate this nuptial union between God and man, inaugurated in the womb of a woman. In God, there will forever be our humanity and forever, Mary will be the Mother of God. She is woman and mother; this is the essential. From her, woman, came forth salvation and thus there is no salvation without the woman. In her God was united to us and, if we want to unite ourselves to Him, we pass through the same road: through Mary, woman and mother.” (Pope Francis, 1 January 2020)

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Unknown artist / Madonna and Child / External mosaic / Date unknown / St Mary and St Andrew, Dollis Hill

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