Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published on Dec 31st, 2011 by Austin Keith | 0

Our New Year begins with the very special Solemnity of our Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Christ, our God. We are reminded that as our God became flesh, he became like us in all things but sin;
His beloved Mother, Immaculate from the moment of her conception.

Today’s Gospel passage from St. Luke picks up where our Christmas celebration left off. The Shepherds,
upon being told of the Savior’s birth, leave their fields in search of the child. We are told that upon
finding Him, just as the angel had foretold, they worshipped in awe. When the time came for them to
return to their flocks, we hear: “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they
had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.” Mary and Joseph, following the rich tradition
of their heritage, took the new-born child to the Temple: “when eight days were completed for his
circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the
womb.” We will not hear about the early years of Jesus until He is presented in the Temple twelve years
later.

For now, however, we as a believing people are charged with telling and relating the marvelous story
of this Savior born in a manger. We, as the angels sang, are challenged with living this miracle in our
daily lives. This year, instead of making new pledges of losing weight, going to the gym or promises of
renewing hobbies, etc., let us focus on our salvation and need for being more faithful to our baptism;
giving thanks by words and actions for good God has shown to us.

Our world today is in more need of prayer than at any other time in history. Let us make the New Year
a rich opportunity to concentrate on our relationship with God and our Church family. Let us truly come
out of ourselves to be present to one another in prayer. Lord, let us be generous benefactors and good
stewards of this good earth and all the many blessings we have been given. Let us not concentrate on all
that we have rather than dwelling of those things lost. Let us truly be a grateful people!

May God Bless You,
Father John

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