for Sunday, January 1, 2012
We begin this civil New Year by becoming aware of God's blessings on us.
For us who believe, the Church year began in Advent, preparing us to
celebrate the coming of God in the flesh, as One like us in all things
except sin. Today we celebrate the Octave of Christmas, 8 days after His
birth, and always in the calendar the beginning of the civil New Year
As followers of the Lord Jesus, we try to see everything in the light of
Jesus Christ. It is a special grace to begin each year recalling the birth
of the Lord Jesus and in a special way recalling the Mother of Jesus, the
Mother of God, We believe in the Communion of Saints, which means that all
who have died before us and are with God are still connected to us through
the bonds of love and of grace. If we can be still during this Great Day
which end the Octave of Christmas and which focuses on the role of Mary as
Mother of God, we may be able to sense her intercession and give thanks to
her, who is not God, but who is the Mother of God.
The first reading today, from the Book of Numbers, reminds us of God's
blessings upon us. The second reading, from the Letter to the Galatians,
is straightforward n telling us that the Son of God has been born of a
woman, subject to our human condition, born of a woman, The birth of the
Christ, the birth of our Lord Jesus, comes in order to free us from the
bondage of sin: Christ in born for us. Even more, the birth of the Lord
Jesus makes us children of God and coheirs with Christ of the Kingdom of
The Gospel, today from Saint Luke, tells us that Jesus was circucize on
the eighth day, part of His sharing in our human condition, part of his
belonging to the people of Israel, part of his being one of us in all
things except sin.
We are blessed in the Lord Jesus, we are filled with His love for us. We
are invited again to be aware of His presence every day and to live as He
lived. In a special way today we also are reminded that we are one in
Jesus and that we must call on one another for help in living the life that
JJesus has given us. Just as we ask for physical help when a task is too
much for us, so also we are invited to ask for help when our spiritual
longings and desires are weighed down yet in the sin which we encounter in
our human condition.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Numbers 6.22-27
Second Reading: Galatians 4.4-7
Gospel: Luke 2.16-21
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