Numbers 6.22-27; Ps 66; Galatians 4.4-7; Lk 2.16-21
Like every Jewish boy, Jesus received his name on the eighth day of his life, when he was also circumcised and united to the covenant God anciently made with Abraham and his seed forever. [Genesis 17.1-14] As the mother of Jesus, Mary would have seen to the fulfilment of this religious obligation.
But she is more than the mother of a human child. As Elizabeth proclaimed [Luke 1.43] she is the mother of Our Lord, the mother of God. The Council of Ephesus decreed in 431 that Mary is Theotokos—the bearer, the mother, of the Eternal Word of God [John 1.14]. In the Creed we confess that Jesus is homoousios (consubstantial, that is, of the same substance) with God the Father. Accordingly his Mother receives the title of Mother of God. In a breath-taking act of donation Jesus declared her the mother of his Beloved Disciple [John 19.26-27] and by extension, mother of all his disciples. As that disciple made place for her in his home, so we are invited to celebrate her presence in our homes and lives.