January 01, 2018
Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
The Gospel Today
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. Lester John D. Cabais)
As I started to heed the call of God to priesthood, the Gospel reminded me of how everything pertaining to my vocation started. I had a lot of questions and uncertainties. As if I was in the middle of a crossroad where I was given a lot of choices to choose from. Certainly, my job, career and family were on top of all my considerations. I was looking forward to the various crossroads I might encounter along the way, which just made me more confused and scared. I got a lot of “how’s, but’s and what if’s”, which made me more anxious in deciding if I will pursue answering my vocation or not.
Mary, our Blessed Mother, upon hearing the angel Gabriel also had a lot of questions and uncertainties as well. She can’t figure out the plan God has for her. The grand design of making her the most blessed among women and the mother of God seemed to her as something magnificent yet difficult to grasp. It could be imagined that when Christ was born and visitors came to pay Him homage, Mary was indeed astonished but in silence she pondered those events in her heart. The angel’s greeting during the Annunciation might be incomprehensible but her absolute willingness and surrender made her favoured by the Living God.
There are a lot of tough times in our lives, those that greatly concern our future, our family and our life. There are a lot of questions which require answers and uncertainties which need assurance. The Gospel reminds us that just like our Blessed Mother, we should have this openness in our life to accept the promptings and will of God. She did not respond “Why me?”, but she embraced with peace and trust God’s will to her. As we begin this New Year, may we always ask God for the strength to accept His plan in our lives. As I said “Yes” to my vocation to the priesthood may you always find courage to say “yes” in His daily promptings. Happy New Year!