Gospel Reflections

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God

Luke 2:16-21

Feast Day Reflection by Sister Josephine Threlfall

Published: January 01, 2019


 

It is only a week since we celebrated the Birth of Jesus the “Prince of Peace” and today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace”. By celebrating a solemnity dedicated to Mary’s motherhood, the Church highlights her role in the life of Jesus the Son of God and our Saviour.

Pope Paul VI in 1974 called the Solemnity of Mary a fitting occasion for renewing adoration of the new-born Prince of Peace, and asking God, through the Queen of Peace, for the special gift of peace in our world; since then this day has been celebrated as “the World Day of Peace”.

As we have just completed a turbulent year in the world- through wars, conflict and destruction of the environment; in the Church through human failure and in our own societies through lack of compassion and care for each other, we realise that we have lost sight and consciousness of our true values. We ask what has gone wrong and how can we change things in the coming year?

Mary’s response and readiness to accept the message of the Angel Gabriel is telling us something very important. She was ready to accept the unthinkable – to be the Mother of Jesus the Son of God. This indicates that her mind and heart were so attuned to God that she was ready to receive into the own body the human life of God himself. She gave birth to our Saviour who would bring us mercy and freedom from the power of sin. The name Jesus in Hebrew means “the Lord saves” which indicates that Jesus the Son of God really did come to save his people from their sins (Matt.1:21)The son that Mary bore is both God and man - the "Word who was God" (John 1:1) who "became flesh and dwelt among us"

The Gospel passage today goes on to tell us that the Shepherds were ready to receive the Good News because they “returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen”. How ready are we to fully open our minds and hearts to receive God fully into our lives?

Our world today which is so materialistic and egotistic seems to have lost sight of the deeper reality of life. Love and compassion are far from the values held by many let us take time today and every day this year, to deepen our own relationship with God through the intercession of Mary that we may become more aware of others and through this bring peace in our own relationships and so help to spread the Good News that we have received.

Let us pray these verses from Psalm 67 as we begin this New Year 2019

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,

2 that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations.

3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.

5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us.

7 God has blessed us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!  (Jerusalem Bible)

 

 

 

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