“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”
We begin this new year in the best way possible as the Church Community calls together each and every member of the Mystical Body of Christ to celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God.
In today’s Gospel (Luke 2:16-21) we see that Mary “chose the better part” as her Son would one day speak of, “keeping all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” Although Jesus was the Son of God and filled with the Holy Spirit from his very birth, there was still the matter of raising him and forming him in his human nature so that he could endure the trials and tribulations he would experience in order to fulfill the prophecy as told in today’s Reading (Galatians 4:4-7) and all throughout Scripture. So that he could be properly formed for what would be his ultimate fate, to die on the cross for the sins of mankind.
Joseph and Mary’s prayerful example of faith and compassion was vital to his ministry on Earth. Yes, God trusted Mary and Joseph that much. Their home was undoubtedly a peaceful haven of prayer and tranquility, holiness and silence, a far cry from the incessant noise and never ending need for stimulation that our X-box-infused, Netflix-obsessed, 24/7 news cycle culture prides itself on today. Do we carve out enough time each day to prayerfully reflect on God’s works and teachings in what is now the year 2022? I would venture to say that it’s a challenge for even the most devoted among us.
On the day in which we recognize the Blessed Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, let us also remember that she is our Eternal Mother as well. Let us use this new year to allow Mary to do for us what she did for Jesus, teaching us the importance of stillness, hope, compassion and perhaps above all, a desire to set aside our will for God’s will, as she did. As Jesus did.
It is in these precious silent moments that we encounter Jesus. It is in these silent moments that we experience that elusive feeling of peace that our souls so desperately need. Among her many titles, we recognize our Blessed Mother as the Queen of Peace. Be sure to allow her to assume that role in your life. It will change you. Profoundly.
I wish you all much peace in the year ahead, and the wisdom to seek out and draw that much needed virtue from the prince of peace himself, Jesus Christ.
Mother Mary will show you the way to her Son.