FRIDAY, 1ST JANUARY, 2021.
THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
†Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:
Num 6:22-27/Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6&8/Gal 4:4-7/Lk 2:16-21
(Rev Fr Isaac Kofi Amponsah-Boateng, CSSp; Director, Holy Ghost Schools-Makueni, Sultan Hamud, Catholic Diocese of Machakos)
By the ticking of the clock (just a second) a new day, a new month and a new year has dawned on us. We begin the new year by acknowledging and honouring Mary as the “Theotokos” (Mother of God). It is new dawn of blessing and peace.
The Lord declared through Moses to Aaron and the entire Israel that, “So they shall put my name upon the sons of Israel and I will bless them” (Num 6:27). The blessing is in three folds; that the Lord will keep us, be gracious, and grant peace. This formula is not magic to think that Christians may not have problems any more, but rather that our faith will help us go through every problem and overcome it. The blessing makes us understand things that happen to us as being in the plan of God.
Pope Paul VI in 1968, declared this day as World Day of Peace. Following the example of Mary, we are called to live in peace with one another. In the Gospel, we are told that after she received the news about baby Jesus from the shepherds, she kept everything and pondered it in her heart.
Mary knew that the heart has reasons which the mind cannot never understand. We could say that Mary signed a blank cheque that God would fill the amount Himself. She shows us a perfect example that people who are blessed are not chaotic. They live in peace with one another.
Therefore, if you are pronouncing blessings and at the same time you are the source of chaos, confusion and discord in your family, workplace, community, etc then something wrong somewhere. In the 2nd Reading, Paul tells us that by the birth of Jesus, we have become heirs of the Kingdom that we can confidently call God “Abba” (Father).
May that reflect in our daily dealings with others throughout this New Year.
~•Lord, be gracious and bless us
~•That we may experience total peace in our life
~•That our sick people may have hearts of peace and have their health restored.