Apologies for the late CCC reflections! Nevertheless, here they are. The CCC reflections are written by volunteers of the session who want to further their study/meditation on the episode we watch every Sunday. We share it here so we can all benefit :-). Hopefully you can meditate on the great lessons we have learnt over weeks. Last Sunday we watched the Symbolon episode on Mary and the Saints (a summary of the session will be posted soon) which explained the four basic dogmas the Church teaches about Mary:
- She is the Immaculate Conception: CCC 490–493
- She is the Mother of God: CCC 495
- She is a Perpetual Virgin: CCC 496–500
- She assumed into heaven CCC 966)
This time in addition to the summaries from our volunteers, we’ve found short videos to help explain the 4 dogmas of Mary further. Happy Meditating!
CCC 495 says: Called in the Gospels “the mother of Jesus”, Mary is acclaimed by Elizabeth, at the prompting of the Spirit and even before the birth of her son, as “the mother of my Lord”. In fact, the One whom she conceived as man by the Holy Spirit, who truly became her Son according to the flesh, was none other than the Father’s eternal Son, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Hence the Church confesses that Mary is truly “Mother of God” (Theotokos).
CCC 495 reaffirms Mary’s Divine Motherhood. We recognise Mary as “the Mother of God,” because the child in her womb, is the eternal son of The Father, the second person of the Holy Trinity. Jesus Christ is therefore fully divine and fully human, as he was born of a woman, Mary. Given Jesus Christ’s divine nature, Mary is necessarily the Mother of God. To say otherwise would deny the divinity of Jesus Christ.