Wednesday, January 1, 2014

New Year 2014 - Today's Mass Readings - Wednesday, January 1, 2014 with Reflection

Solemnity of Mary,  Mother of God

1ST READING - Numbers 6: 22-27
22 The Lord said to Moses, 23”Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them, ‘This how you shall bless the Israelites.’ Say to them, 24The Lord bless you and keep you! 25The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! 26The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! 27So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
P S A L M - Psalm 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8
R: May God bless us in his mercy.
1[2]May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. 2[3]So may your way be known upon the earth; among all nations, your salvation. (R) 4[5]May the nations be glad and exult because you rule the peoples in equity; the nations on earth you guide. 5[6]May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! (R) 7[8]May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! (R)
2ND READING - Galatians 4; 4-7
4Brothers and sisters: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6As proof that you are sons, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son then also an heir, through God.
       In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he has spoken to us through the Son.
Luke 2:16-21
16The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found May and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. 18All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. 19And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. 20Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. 21When 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.


A blessed and grace-filled 2014 to you and all your loved ones!

       You may be asking, what will this year bring to you? Do I sense some anxiety behind this question? If so, it’s understandable because, in the past, we have experienced not only good things. A loved one might have died. Problems, personal and otherwise, might have beset us. The daily news about terrorist attacks, wars, massacres, typhoons and earthquakes all over the world just add to our anxiety.

       And so we ask with some anxiety: What will this year bring – for me, for my loved one, for our society, and for the world?

       How meaningful and consoling it is that the Church presents to us, on this first day of the year, a feast of the Blessed Mother under the title “Mother of God.” When she stood at the foot of the cross of her Son, her maternal vocation and mission received another dimension. With the lines, “Woman, behold you Son” and “Behold your Mother,” Jesus gave His Mother to His future community, represented by John. Here, the Mother of God became our Mother!

       Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother, is the best mother one can ever imagine. She was always close to her Son – from the moment she conceived Him in her womb until He died in agony. She was never far away!

       In the same way, Mary cares for us, her children. Many of us have experienced her maternal closeness and help.

       What will this year bring? A consoling answer emerges from today’s feast: it will be another year with our heavenly Mother! Another year full of problems, but we are never left alone. The Blessed Mother journeys with us through all our experiences this year. Especially in times of danger, she will be close by. When we feel weak, she will give us strength. When we ask why certain things are happening to us, she will tell us: “You will understand later, as I, too, understood God’s plan much later. Just trust in Him as I trusted, and everything will turn out right.” Fr. Rudy Horst, SVD
REFLECTION QUESTION: In which area of your life do you need most the assistance of the Blessed Mother?
Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, accompany me and my loved ones this year. With you at our side, we can face whatever is God’s plan for us. Mother, we need you.

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