Monday, January 2, 2017

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of our Lord - New Years Day 1 Jan 2016

Dear Fathers, Friends in Christ,
The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord. Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. (Luke 2:19)

On this New Year’s Day, you might say, “I’m looking forward to watching all the sports onTV today.” Or you might say, “This is a great day to look back over all the blessings of the past year.”
The Church celebrates New Year’s Day in a special way too by honouring Mary as the Mother of God. But Mary isn’t just the Mother of God; she is our mother as well. And as the Catechism teaches us, because Mary is our mother, she is also our “Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix”
So how does Mary fulfill all these roles? Let’s look at two key ways.
First, we know that Mary pondered and treasured everything that came from God. As today’s Gospel says, she dwelt on what the shepherds told her. She also pondered and treasured Gabriel’s visit at the annunciation. She pondered and treasured how the Magi were led to the manger by God’s star. She pondered and treasured what the young Jesus said when they found that he had stayed behind to teach the elders in the Temple.
Right now, try to see how Mary is asking you to take time to ponder who Jesus is and what he has done for you. Imagine Mary asking you to treasure him above everything else.
Second, take a look at Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). This prayer shows how much Mary loved to praise and glorify God.
Right now, try to see how Mary is asking you to join her in praising God with all your heart. Imagine her inviting you to dedicate the first affections of your heart to Jesus by rejoicing in him, singing to him, and worshipping him.
Mary is not only your mother; she is your prayer partner as well. So join her today, and pray your own Magnificat.
“Jesus, let my soul magnify you! Let my spirit rejoice in your salvation!”
Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8
Galatians 4:4-7
Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / Original Province
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne
Launceston on Tasmania

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