Dear Friends! Today it is January 1st. Another day and another year has begun. I suppose with all the news in the media during the past year on terrorist activities, wars here and there, natural disasters, lose of Job, fall of U.S economy, and constant increase in the gas bills etc make us to worry what the New Year 2011 is going to bring about. All that we can do is to place our trust in God. We need more prayer than before. Pray for Peace, as we celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Peace.
On the first day of the year the church invites us to imitate Mary the Mother of God. Last weekend we reflected how the Holy Family lived together placing their trust in God and doing His will alone in spite of their problems and crisis. As we welcome the New Year let us entrust the year 2011 to God’s plan and do what we can to bring about peace in our families, societies, and in the world.
Today’s special Feast affirms that we Catholics believe that the Blessed Virgin Mary truly is the Mother of God. This Catholic Dogma finds its origin in a Bible passage that is found in the Gospel of Luke. After the archangel Gabriel had appeared to the Blessed Virgin Mary, she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Upon her arrival, Elizabeth said to Mary, “And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” [Lk. 1:43] Through Elizabeth who was full of the Holy Spirit, it was proclaimed that Mary was truly the Mother of God.
The Blessed Virgin Mary did not always hold the title of Mother of God. Her Motherhood began at the moment when the eternal God entered human history. At that moment, the second Divine presence of the Trinity, the Word, took on a human nature in the womb of Mary. Therefore, as God incarnated, Jesus had two natures, a Divine and a human nature. Mary was the mother of His human nature.
We have a lot to learn from our heavenly Mother today. We heard in the Gospel: “Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. The idea that we find in the text is that she was carefully storing away all these events. She was putting them all together in her heart, mulling them over, figuring out their meaning. What did Mary think about? Well…all the mysteries around her new born baby Jesus, the announcement of angel Gabriel, her conception, Joseph and Mary’s trip to Bethlehem and birth in the manger, the messages of the shepherds and the kings of the east and many more etc…
She was not pondering of her future and family but about Jesus her son. Her life is now centered on Jesus alone. We too hear the word of God, and listen to his message but how often do we ponder over them in our hearts? How often do we talk of Jesus and live for Jesus? How nice will it be if our lives and families are centered on Jesus! In your New Year resolution, give priority to learn the Word of God and live for it as Mary our Mother did. God will guide you through with all the rest.
New Year’s Day Prayer for One and All
So far this year I’ve done well.
I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or overindulgent. I’m very thankful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on I’m probably going to need a lot more help. Amen