At the very heart of the Catholic devotion to Mary is the Greek word "Theotokos", meaning "God-Bearer". The title proclaims Mary's integral role in God's plan as the sacred vessel that carried, bore, and raised God's own Son. "Theotokos" was the title given to Mary during the early days of the Church because to call her merely the Mother of Christ left certain heresies regarding Mary and her Son open.
When the Church declared Mary "Theotokos" they were simultaneously declaring an important piece of the faith and affirming that Christ was fully human and fully divine; truly, the Son of God. Even five hundred years after her Son's death, Mary's being helped to explain who He was and what He brought for us from God.
Deeply rooted in this title is Mary's acceptance of God's plan in her life. Despite the fear that she must have felt in the presence of an angel, despite her lack of understanding how a virgin could become pregnant, despite any other doubts she may have had, she said "yes" to God's plan. Mary's unfailing "yes" is what places her so high in Heaven. It is through her acceptance of God's plan that we were given our salvation.
However, Mary's "yes" is not unique; we all have the opportunity to become "God Bearers" to one another by saying our own "yes" to God.
This is why "Theotokos" is the greatest title Mary bears and one that we can all bear. By accepting God's will in our daily lives, we follow in Mary's path to walk closer with her Son. We become "God-Bearers". Mary's greatest desire is to bring us into communion with her Son, let us intercede this week for her guidance and grace to answer, "Yes!", when God calls.
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