January 1, 2013

The Gospel Today

The Octave Day of Christmas

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

Lk. 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.

Reflection (Sem. Primitivo Eublera, Jr.):

Today, we celebrate the solemnity of the motherhood of Our Lady which is also called Theotokos. Theos in Greek means God and tokos, mother. Theotokos then means Mother of God. Also, the Church celebrates today the day of Prayer for Peace for the Whole World.

In today’s Gospel, it is very important to be reminded of the Blessed Mother’s prayerfulness. She pondered everything that happened to her at the birth of Jesus. She treasured everything in her heart, the things that she heard and observed, then brought them all in contemplation like what God told her.

This actuation of the Blessed Mother is simply the contrary of the reactions of the contemporary world. In our time, when we are confronted with an unpleasant situation or an event which is so uncomfortable, we tend to react immediately or worse, put the blame on others. The attitude of the Blessed Lady-pondering everything in her heart, allowing God to speak in the silence of her heart- is a very strong lesson for us. Today, we experience confusion, plenty of destructions and varying noises. It is not easy to reflect and remain calm, that is to obtain peace.

This day, let us ask for the intercession of Our Lady, Mother of God, to help us to  possess always an inner silence and allow God, through Jesus Christ, to guide us as we navigate in this journey of faith. May we realize that true peace is the peace in Christ, the King of Peace. Amen!

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