Yesterday was the Feast of Mary Mother of God, or prior to 1969 the Circumcision and naming of Jesus. This reference to Mary as Mother of God dates from the very earliest days in the church as something pondered, celebrated, but unofficially.
It is a tricky one, that God Almighty has a mortal mother, not quite, Mary is mother of God the Son who was with God in the beginning and who is God, hence Mary is the mother of God the son.
In the East she is more rightly known as the God bearer or gifter – the Theotokos thus avoiding the plunge into Trinitairian ways.
Reading the Quran we find that jesus cannot be begotten from all time, God the Son since if God has a son, it implies that he must have parents too. Yet here we are, believing that God at least has a mother. Catholics reverence Mary since one of their beliefs is that one can get around a man by getting his mother onside.
It is a huge jump from Nativity of a wee babe to the implications that his birth of a virgin makes her his own Father’s mother.
A jump too far to really do justice to our simple faith when we have such mind blowing conundrums to swallow.
Increasingly I am finding myself relating to the Persons of the Trinity as individuals, to the Christ as the Jesus who walks before me, to his father as my father, by adoption because I am grafted to the vine, a brother of Christ by adoption. There God doesn’t have millions of sons and daughters of his own but by virtue of Christ’s death he has adopted the world.
My Theology faulty, well of course, perhaps I am a Tritheist after all or just someone that prefers to deal with one person at a time.
I must say that when writing the information for Christ Our Hope Community I felt uneasy writing as I did about the the Feast of Mary Mother of God and its complicated issues. Far easier is to commemorate the Circumcision of Jesus, in his home in Bethlehem, the first blood he shed on his journey to redeeming the World or the world.
That I am loved by him, can speak with him and just won’t worry about all the Doctrine and Dogma that would keep us apart.
For me, now, the Motherhood of Mary ceases when Jesus dies on the cross.
Free for all.