Like Mary, Blessed Shall You Be This New Year.

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“The LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you: The LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:25-26.) Today, being the eighth day of Christmas, we are celebrating the woman in whose womb Jesus Christ was conceived. If we accept that Jesus whose birthday we celebrated exactly one week ago is God in human flesh, it follows that Mary is the Mother of God. The fact that we are celebrating the Motherhood of Mary on the first day of the new year also teaches us how we are to approach the next twelve months. In today’s Gospel passage, Luke tells us that: “She treasured all these things in her heart.” Mary was not a noisy, gossiping woman. She was not a nagging or complaining woman, she accepted everything that came her way quietly.

Mary accepted the plan of God in her life, she took in the highs and the lows, she was ready for the joys as well as the pains. She knew her role in God’s plan and was willing to obey every detail. When the child was born, she gave the name “Jesus” in obedience to the Angel’s instruction. As St. Paul says: “At the fullness of time, God sent his Son born of a woman born under the law, to redeem those under the law so that we might become sons of God.” (Gal. 4:4). We are sons, we are not slaves, thanks to Jesus, the Son of God, born of a woman, Mary.

I pray for you that this new year, you shall rise to your true position as a Son in God’s house. That you shall eat no longer remnants but real food from the golden plate of God’s word, the Bible. That you shall be a blessing to the people you will meet throughout this year. I pray that you will be light in the midst of the darkness of sin and evil in our world.

Above all, as Moses prayed for the people so I pray for you today: “The LORD bless you and keep you! The LORD let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The LORD look upon you kindly and give you peace!” Let us pray: Lord Jesus, may this new year be my best. Amen Bible Study: Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 67, Galatians 4:4-7 and Luke 2:16-21).

Fr. Abu.