Full of Grace


1 January 2019. Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)

And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

Like Mary, we usually reflect on the things that happen to us on a particular day or a particular period of time. what makes us happy? What causes our grief? What are the good things that we do to other people? These could be some of the questions we ask ourselves as we reflect.

But why do we need to reflect?

We reflect, consciously or unknowingly, so that we can evaluate ourselves, we can see how the Lord is moving and is in charge of our lives. To me, that is what Mary did in the Gospel today. Everything that happened to her and her family, she kept all of those in her heart and she reflected on them. From the moment of the Annunciation up to the visitation of the shepherds, everything. She might not understand all of these things at first but she reflected on them. Mary has seen how the Lord moved in her life and put her whole trust in Him.

I believe, this is also the invitation of the Gospel, to me. There are some things that I do not understand but I would keep them in my heart and reflect on them. In the seminary formation, for example, there are things that happen to me that I do not understand for now and there are challenges I need to handle that I may not understand yet I need to put my whole trust in the Lord and reflect on things as they happen. As we begin this New Year, I invite you to reflect upon the things that had happened in the past year so that we may begin this year full of joy and confidence in God.

The Gospel Today
Luke 2: 16 – 21

The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.

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.

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