Why do we have to go to Mass on New Year’s?
While we will all be celebrating the New Year on Tuesday, our excitement extends beyond the beginning of a new calendar. January 1st also marks the great Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. This is one of four Holy Days of Obligation within the calendar year that falls outside of Sunday. Three of those four have to do with Mary: Mary, Mother of God on January 1st, the Assumption of Mary on August 15th, and the Immaculate Conception on December 8th (the fourth Holy Day being All Saints Day on November 1st). It is not a coincidence that Mary is honored above all other saints. She is God’s masterpiece, His most perfect creation, and she holds a unique role in the story of our salvation. As I’ve said before, Mary is our vehicle to encounter Jesus more deeply. Stated more simply, we need to Encounter Mary to Encounter Jesus. To say that she is the Mother of God is more than just a pious statement. It is simultaneously a claim about herself and about her Son. Jesus did not become God when He was born into this world. Rather, He always was and always will be God – yet, He fully entered into our humanity by becoming one of us. God chose Mary to be His mother – not just of His humanity, but totally and completely – mother of His humanity and His divinity. No other creature knows God as deeply and intimately as His own Mother. This is why we can encounter Jesus more deeply through encountering Mary. Join us this week as we start the New Year off right: by celebrating the great gift of Mary’s Motherhood over the human and the divine. Our Masses at Sacred Heart will be as follows: 6pm on Monday, Dec 31st and 9am on Tuesday, Jan 1st.