Mary, Mother of God

Share on email
Share on whatsapp
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on reddit

A friend told me once: “Mary is NOT the Mother of God, that’s blasphemous!” Very calmly, I answered him: “Tell me then, WHO is Jesus Christ?”

Should Mary be called ‘Mother of God?’ This was the question Thomas Aquinas asked in Article 4 of Question 35 in Part 3 of his Summa.

Early heretics in the 10-12th century argued that Mary gave birth only to Christ’s human nature and not His divine nature. See how this heretical position was already present during medieval times? This is why it is so important to know our history!

Aquinas responds:

“Human mothers give birth not to natures, but to persons. In Mary’s case, the person of Christ, who possessed both Divine and Human Nature.”

Aquinas further notes,

“We do not find it in Scripture that the Blessed Virgin is the Mother of God, yet we do find it expressively said that Jesus Christ is TRUE GOD (1 John 5:20) and that the Blessed Virgin is Mother of Jesus Christ (Matt 1:18). Therefore from the words of Scripture, it follows from NECESSITY that she is the Mother of God.”

Simple and brilliant logic. Tinkering with Marian dogma tinkers with Christ Himself (thus, my answer to my friend).

That being said, one must note that when the Catholic Church confers the title Mother of God on Mary, we do not mean that she is superior or equal to God. Mary is still a creature (duh!). However, she was the SUBJECT OF UNION between God and Man.

This title is thus fitting for a Blessed woman like her. This is why Luke says ‘All generations will call her Blessed!’ (Lk 1:46-49). And why shouldn’t we, when her ‘Yes’ to God brought Christ into the world!

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by noelethantan (@noelethantan) on

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

Leave a Replay

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Sign up for our Newsletter

Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit