Wednesday 1 January
Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity
Numbers 6.22-27
Psalm 66.2-3, 5, 6, 8
Galatians 4.4-7
Luke 2.16-21

Today’s feast – Mary, Mother of God – is of ancient pedigree. The feast appropriately opens our civil calendar. Its Greek title Theotokos [God-bearer] is used especially in the Orthodox Churches. It was decreed by the Council of Ephesus in 431. But I would like to suggest another title for Mary: Mary the Prophet. For Luke, Mary is first and foremost a prophet – one who ponders the word of God before proclaiming it.

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