Happy random holy day of obligation!

At first glance, today’s Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God seems kind of random.  We already know who gave birth to Jesus, and today’s Gospel (Luke) is the same one that we heard at mass on Christmas morning.  There’s nothing new here, 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 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 of today.  We don’t have a complete picture of Christmas until we see it through the eyes of the woman at the heart of it. 

More on this tomorrow.