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The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

 

Nm 6: 22-27

Ps 67: 2-3. 5. 6. 8 (2a)

Gal 4: 4-7

Gospel 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.

 

 

 Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

 

 

 

The feast of the Holy Mother of God is one of the most important and oldest of the major feasts of Mary.  Jesus Christ, God's Son “born of a woman," came to deliver us from sin and make us children of God. He is also Mary's Son, and she, his mother, helps bring his blessings to the world. 

 

 

We honour today the unique privilege of Mary and her relationship with God. But where does Mary’s real greatness lie? There is a scene in the Gospel where a woman shouts out from the crowd: “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that you have sucked.” It was a cry of praise to Jesus himself but also a compliment to the mother of such a Son who was doing such marvellous things for the sick and the needy. But Jesus replied: “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” In other words, Mary’s greatness – and indeed the greatness of any person – was not in her birth, or her parents or her Son but in her unconditional response to the call of God, in her hearing and obeying the word of God. This she did from the moment of saying ‘Yes’ at the annunciation to her standing silently and in grief at the foot of the cross.  The source of the greatness of Mary lies in her acceptance of the will of God.

 

 

Today’s Gospel speaks about the earthly reality of Jesus and his mother. After hearing the message of the angels the shepherds go in great haste to visit the Messiah. What they saw was quite extraordinary in its simplicity; just a man, a woman and a baby lying in a manger. The shepherds were able to see God’s Son in that helpless child and Gospel says they were amazed. The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. They also told everyone around of what they had seen: the shepherds were the very first heralds of the Good News, the Gospel message. They were the first evangelisers.  In this year of faith let us take some time to deepen our faith and share it with others as shepherds did.

 

 

In his letter to Galatians, St.Paul speaks about the process by which God has made all of us His children by sending the spirit of His Son into our hearts. This is the starting point of a new beginning. As we are entering into the new year let us take some time to ponder over the mysteries to which we belong.  One of the most amazing qualities of Mary is her capacity to ponder over what is happening to her. In the Gospel we see the serenity with which she contemplates the wonderful things that are coming true with the birth of her divine Son. She studies them, ponders them and stores them in the silence of her heart. If we imitate her, if we guard and ponder in our hearts what Jesus says to us and what he does in us, we are well on the way to Christian holiness.

 

 

Fr. Justin Akkara CMI 

 


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