We Catholics mark the first day of the secular calendar by celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. As Bishop Robert Barron often reminds us, Marian feast days are ultimately about Jesus. Today, of course, is no exception. While we celebrate the great honor bestowed upon Mary as the Mother of God, the ultimate message of this day is that her child—Jesus—is God. Not just like God, but “God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, consubstantial with the Father.”
In the new year, as we will vote for new leadership in the United States, voters will be seeking someone whom they can relate to but who also possesses skills and wisdom far beyond themselves. The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God reminds us that Jesus is someone we can relate to. He is the fully human son of Mary. However, he is also God—fully divine—which means that he is wholly other than who we are as humans. When you are in trouble and need someone to turn to for help, “who ya gonna call?” Let it be Jesus, son of Mary, Son of God!
Prosecutor: I’ll ask you again, Dr. Venkman, why were you digging the hole? And please remember you’re under oath.
Peter Venkman: There are some things in this world that go way beyond human understanding. Things that cannot be explained. Things that some don’t even want to know about! That is where we come in.
Prosecutor: So what you’re saying is that the world of the supernatural is your exclusive province?
Peter: Kitten, I think that what I’m saying is that: sometimes, @#%& happens, someone has to deal with it, and who you gonna call?