The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God - Solemnity
Mary Mother of god
Blessed John-Paul II
Message Urbi et Orbi 25/12/2002 (trans. © copyright Libreria Editrice Vaticana)
Mary, mother of the Prince of Peace (Is 9,5)
"To us a child is born,to us a son is given" (Is 9:5)... With Mary let us contemplate the face of Christ:in that Child... it is God himself who comes to visit us, “to guide our feet in the way of peace” (Lk 1,79). Mary watches him... pondering the meaning of the wondrous signs which surround the mystery of Christmas.
Christmas is a mystery of joy!: The angels... described the event to the shepherds as "a great joy for all the people" (Lk 2,10)... despite distance from home, the poverty of the manger, people’s indifference, the hostility of power.
Christmas is a mystery of love! : The love of the Father, who has sent into the world
his only-begotten Son, to bestow on us the gift of his own life (1 Jn 4,8-9). The love of "God-with-us", Emmanuel (Mt 1,23), who came to earth in order to die on the Cross. In the cold stable, wrapped in silence, the Virgin Mother... already tastes the violent drama of Calvary... The Prince of Peace, born today in Bethlehem, will give his life on Golgotha, so that love may reign on earth.
Christmas is a mystery of peace! : From the cave of Bethlehem there rises today an urgent appeal to the world not to yield to mistrust, suspicion and discouragement, even though the tragic reality of terrorism feeds uncertainties and fears. Believers of all religions, together with men and women of good will, by outlawing all forms of intolerance and discrimination, are called to build peace...
Together with you, O Virgin Mother, may we stop and reflect at the manger where the Child lies,to share your own amazement at the immense "condescension" of God. Grant us your own eyes, O Mary, that we may understand the mystery hidden within the frail limbs of your Son. Teach us to recognize his face in the children of every race and culture. Help us to be credible witnesses of his message of peace and love, so that the men and women of our own time, still torn by conflicts and unspeakable violence, may also recognize in the Child cradled in your arms the one Saviour of the world, the endless source of that true peace for which every heart profoundly yearns.