Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Luke 2:16-21

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Roseanne Murphy

Published: January 01, 2015


Beginnings are often filled with promise. No wonder we celebrate the coming of the New Year with our hopes and dreams and often our resolutions to “do better” and to “be better” during the coming year. The first reading contains one of the most beautiful blessings in the whole of the Scripture. We read, “The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.”  There is no greater New Years’ greeting than that.

Though we may read these words with fervor and good will, it is in our everyday lives that we are called to reflect our faith and our trust that God lets his face shine upon us as we carry out his work through us day after day. On this feast of the “Holy Mother of God,” we are invited to depend upon her mother’s love to help us to shine our “serving love” on others, showing them the Christ-life born into us through the sacraments. Who knows how or to whom we will shine Christ’s love? That is the wonderful, often hidden mystery of the fact that we are still alive, still “here,” and still being called as a child of God to manifest his graciousness and love in the next year. No wonder God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying out, “Abba, Father.”  Looking ahead to the New Year, we may do well to consider the Offertory prayers in which we find, “… just as we glory in the beginnings of your grace, so one day may we rejoice in its completion.” Each year brings us closer to that day when the graces given to us will find their fulfillment. It adds to the excitement of a new year to know that it is another “mile” on the road of life leading us closer to the place we all want to go and giving us a chance to get ready for that glorious homecoming. The best is yet to come.

 

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