Mary, Mother of God

Readings: Reading 1, Numbers 6:22-27; Responsorial Psalm, Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Reading 2, Galatians 4:4-7; Gospel, Luke 2:16-21
Pastoral | 2019 Dec 30 | Fr. Antonio Martínez, OAR

We begin this first day of the Year 2020 by the hand of Saint Mary, Mother of God. From the first centuries of our Christian era, Mary has become not only the Mother of God but also our Mother and, in addition, the Mother of Mercy, in imitation of her Son.

Mary, Mother of God, helps us and invites us to begin this New Year right-footed. And, if it is New Year, we must also tear away the sterile pages of the calendar that we have been going through in the year that went away:

- Let's leave the sadness page behind. We are called, contemplating the face of Jesus, to enjoy life. An enjoyment that will be good and lasting if we do it with the help of our faith. God has come as Lord of joy.

- Let's leave the page of hate and resentment behind. We all, at some point, have raised the ax of war in various circumstances and for various reasons. The Queen of Peace, the Virgin Mary, reminds us that as Christians we must be peacemakers and not guerrillas.

- Let's leave the page of cowardice. Being a Christian means committing courageously with our faith, with Christ, but the 12 months of the year.

- Let us leave behind, once and for all, the sins that make us slaves. It is not enough to be aware of them; we cannot rely on "we are human and we all make mistakes." A new year is a fresh opportunity that God gives us to write, again, a story of hope, love, illusion and joy with the pen of our faith.

- Let's leave the violence page behind, even if it's only verbal. May our words be more pleasant, our attitudes more constructive; Let our criticism be more objective and less interested. And above all, let us pray that terrorism in all its forms will be a thing of the past, forever.

We participate in one of the most popular and ancient celebrations: Mary, Mother of God. On this first day of the year, we, Christians, ask for God's protection with an ancient formula that the Lord, through Moses, entrusted the priests to pronounce over the people, and which we have listened to in the First Reading: " May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord shine his face on you and show you his grace. May the Lord discover his face and grant you his peace. "

We will go by the calendar day after day or month after month and hopefully, along with those leaves falling, our good works will also multiply: our encounters with others, the spiritual growth in each one of us, the fruitful communion within the Church, the renewal of our families from a evangelical perspective, and sensitivity with the most disadvantaged.

May Saint Mary, Mother of God, accompany us on this itinerary. And may the New Year turn out to be not a simple glass of bubbles come to nothing, but a rewarding experience of faith and good works. Happy New Year to one and all.

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