Theotokos: The Bearer of God
A joyful New year, and very blessed solemnity of Mary, Mother of God to all our readers. In the usus antiquior, this used to be called the feast of the Circumcision, still mentioned in today’s Gospel. Of course, by celebrating Our Lady’s maternity, we are also celebrating Christ, and this feast is both Mariological and Christological.
The notion of Mary being ‘Theotokos’, the very ‘bearer of God’ is a rather startling one, when one thinks about it. I will often ask students in class whether Christ was a human person. The answer may seem straightforward: Of course He was (or is