Happy Feast of the Epiphany – when the Three Wise Men found Baby Jesus in Bethlehem. Although, for U.S. Catholics, the celebration will be held this upcoming Sunday.
This past Sunday was the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It also coincided directly with my personal time off from blogging, to try to figure out how this year would look for my blog.
So, I decided to cheat, and use one of my days back to link up with the “My Sunday Best” crowd and discuss this past Sunday.
The Council of Ephesus was the meeting in which the Catholic Church clearly defined one of its core beliefs on Mary, as the Mother of God. Because Jesus was both fully human, and fully divine, the Council decided to honor her with the title, “Mother of God.” Simply, it is a belief which is central to the Catholic faith, and a way in which Catholics recognize both Jesus’ humanity, but also His Divinity. In turn, it reminds Catholics of the sacrifices Mary would face, as her Son would ultimately give His life for everyone’s salvation.
The first of January is always a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics – it is a reminder to us to put the love Mary displayed toward her Son at the forefront of our hearts, and to emulate her example, no matter how difficult.
This past Sunday, I headed to church the same way I have done for several “Mary, Mother of God” holy days – by myself. Unlike previous years, in which I gave my son a reprieve from a full week of church attendance, he and the rest of the family missed church because they were all sick. I snuck out of the house, got to church, and was able to pay attention to everything happening in Mass the entire time!
I’d like to say I feel a little guilty about being able to fully participate, but that’d be a lie.
As I sat in my preferred area to sit (the back), I realized just how many parents with small children were sitting in the back. And, I was saddened. When with my children, we kind of force our way to the front, so my son can see everything. I realized how much I wanted to see all the families with children sitting up at the front. I spent parts of Mass wondering how to bring those families up closer, so their children aren’t staring at the behinds of those in the front, and instead get an up close, personal view of all the action!
I almost didn’t take a picture, and almost chose to not link up with A Blog for My Mom‘s series of “My Sunday Best.”
But, the more I thought about it, the more curious I became – how does your church encourage families with small children to come forward? Where is your preferred area of Church to sit – individually, and with your family?