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Today’s Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God can seem kind of random. We already know who gave birth to Jesus. So what’s the point? 

The masses on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day had four different Gospel readings (Matthew, John, and two from Luke), because together they help give us the complete picture of Christmas. 

But in the excitement of Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, it’s easy to miss a perspective that’s key to that complete picture – Mary’s. 

Mary’s perspective is so important that the Church dedicates a solemnity (the highest rank of feast, just like Christmas itself) to seeing Christmas through her eyes. 

And that’s the point.  We don’t have a complete picture of Christmas until we see it through her eyes. 

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