Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Celebrating joyfully the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

On New Year’s Day, we celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. It is also the World Day of Peace.

The shepherds whose openness to the unknown and whose eagerness to act upon the word of angels led them to the manger to see and meet Jesus and his mother Mary, Mother of God. Their "Let us go and see" was followed by their glorifying and praising God, just as Mary had done earlier in her Magnificat.

Mary, for her part, pondered and treasured all that had happened as she and Joseph welcomed their wonderful Emmanuel, "God with us." Her YES to Gabriel's message brought her through every phase of her divine Son's life: childhood, ministry, the Cross, Resurrection, Ascension and her role as mother-figure to the apostles. As Mother of God, she rejoiced even despite the "sword" predicted by Simeon, which would pierce her loving heart.

In this New Year, let us again take as our model Mary, Mother of God, who pondered, treasured and acted upon God's word.

We ask the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, to pray for us in this New Year 2014. On this World Day of Peace, we pray for this gift in our lives and in our world!

Happy New Year to all!

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