READINGS for 2009-01-01

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
“So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.” – Galatians 4:7
My seven-year-old son and I sat on the floor and played Pokemon. As I held the tiny Pikachu figure in my hand, I began to think of the thousands of people who would be listening to me at the Feast on Sunday. I also thought of the thousands more around the world who would be listening through TV, radio and the Internet.
So what was I doing here sitting on the floor with this yellow plastic mouselike creature in my hand? Doing my most important ministry — loving my son. At the end of the day, my son is more important than the thousands of people who listen to me. Simply because I’m his Daddy and he’s my son.
Why did I share this story to you? Because I don’t want you to ever forget that you’re God’s child. In His heart, you’re more important than the entire universe. When you call on Him, He’s there. When you pray, He’s listening. When you ask, He gives you the best version of what you!
Each morning, wake up and shout to the universe: “I’m a child of God!”Bo Sanchez
Do you consider God as a loving Father to you?
Enable me to always believe that as my Heavenly Father, You would always give me the best portion of what I ask for.
Mary Mother of God, pray for us.
I find it interesting that this blessing of God is all about what He will do for us, His people. But then this is the way it is and has been and always will be — namely that our faith is not about what we can, or will do, for God, but about what He has accomplished for, or is accomplishing within, us. The central focus of both our faith and our lives must be God. This is why the Church gives us so many feasts celebrating the life of Mary. She is a great example of faith because she simply accepted what God wanted of her and quietly went about doing His will.
Numbers 6:22-27
22 The LORD said to Moses 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: “This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them, 24 ‘The LORD bless you and keep you! 25 The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! 26 The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!’ 27 So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Psalm 67:2-3. 5. 6. 8 (2a)
R: (2a) 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 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 the earth you guide. (R) 5 [6] May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you! 7 [8] May God bless us, and may all the ends of the earth fear him! (R)
The relationship we all have with God is governed by the one Jesus has as Son. That is, we all have the opportunity to become the firstborn heirs of the Father through faith in Jesus Christ. Mary is the best example of this sort of faith that we have. We need to look to her for inspiration and encouragement as we seek to put God’s will in place in our lives.
Galatians 4:4-7
4 When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. 6 As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.
The image I have of Mary pondering the things that happen to her in life is one of a person actively seeking God’s will in and through all the events and experiences of her life. I see a quiet determination not to be overcome by anything and a firm trust that in all things she will be drawn more deeply into relationship with her God.
Luke 2:16-21
16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. 18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. 19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them. 21 When 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.
my reflections
think: Mary is a great example of faith because she simply accepted what God wanted of her and quietly went about doing His will.

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The VirTue of “Sinking” inTo Peace
My mother is an only child; my father has but one brother. But we belong to a big extended family of cousins. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, deaths and other transitions in life are times for big reunions. Cousins and their families come and fill up the occasion with their numbers and stories. Usually they come, hang around and may even stay for a day and a night.
My mother, the eldest of cousins from my grandmother’s side, would find herself busy with a lot of details. She enjoys it thoroughly but soon, after everything is over — after everyone has gone home, after the last dishes are kept — my mother would sink into one of the chairs at the family living room. No, she’s not tired. She would be humming a tune, her face a countenance of contentment and joy. At times, she would even move over to the upright piano — a family heirloom — and for about an hour, she would fill the house with her beautiful renditions of such pieces as “Love and Devotion,” “Czardas,” “Pamulinawen” and other Iloco favorites.
After the commotion caused by visitors, among them the shepherds who brought exciting stories about angels singing and prophesying, the Gospel also speaks about the soothing picture of Mother Mary. In the silence and privacy of her home with Jesus and Joseph, Mother Mary “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” In that peaceful silence, Mother Mary could have been glorifying and praising God in her own way for all that happened in the first Christmas, while the shepherds, as Luke narrated, glorified and praised God in their loud and excited style.
Perhaps this is the best way we can have our prayer today. After all the noise of the celebration, let us embrace the reality of the first day of the year in peaceful contemplation. Let us allow the Spirit to lead us in a prayerful sigh: “We have crossed over to another year. Thank You, Dear Jesus.” Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP
Reflection Question:
Relax. Reminisce your experiences as you cross over to the New Year. Embrace everything with joy and with a smile. Hum a praise song to the Lord!
Father God, as the new year begins, I thank You for all that has been and all that will be. May I recognize the work of Your hands in my life this year.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

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