December 20, 2023 | Source & Summit
Fr. Stephen Van Lal Than

Figurines of Mary and the Christ Child are seen at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Aledo, Texas, Dec. 29, 2019. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Source & Summit: The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God

(The faithful) taking part in the Eucharistic sacrifice, which is the source and summit of the whole Christian life, offer the Divine Victim to God, and themselves along with it. 

-The Second Vatican Council fathers in Lumen Gentium, #11

Source & Summit is a feature of The Western Kentucky Catholic online, celebrating the National Eucharistic Revival: Year of Parish Revival. Intended to help Catholics of our parishes to probe the riches of our liturgical year and celebrate the liturgy well, the column will always start with the Bible readings for the Mass of the Day to help us reflect on, and help to “unpack” and expand our experiences at liturgy into the domestic church (the home) and the workplace.

Sunday reflections will be based on the Lord’s Day, the Liturgy, the Eucharist, and, occasionally, community.


Monday, January 1, 2024:

The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Mother of God 


Sirach 3:2—6, 12—14 

Psalm 128:1—5 

Colossians 3:12—21 

Luke 2:22—40


Today is the first day of a New Year, full of possibilities and hopes.  What better way to begin the year than by gathering as a community to celebrate Mass.  However, getting the new year started off on the right foot is not the primary reason we gather today.  The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, falls on New Year’s Day; it celebrates Mary as the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of the Church.

On this first day of the new year, the Church invites us to reflect on the importance of Mary’s presence in the life of the Church – and in our own lives.  Pope Francis has reminded us on a few occasions that Mary is not only the mother of Jesus, but she is our mother as well.  As all good mothers do, she wraps us in her mantle of love and gently guides us.  I am reminded of a quote from St. Thomas Aquinas: “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.”

On a day when lots of resolutions are being made, resolve to keep Mary in your heart, to be guided by her love of Christ as we navigate the sea of life, whether it be turbulent or calm.  She is your mother, and she wants only good things for you.

Mary, accompany me in my journey to your Son, Jesus.  Wrap me in your mantle and give me the strength to seek Him in all I do.

-Martha Hagan


To learn more about the Diocese of Owensboro’s celebration of the National Eucharistic Revival, visit

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