Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart!
At the beginning of the year, we cry in unison to honor Mary, Mother of God and our Mother. She is rightly called the
beginning of our salvation. Through her consent to God’s invitation to become the mother of the Redeemer, Mary actively cooperates and, in effect, sets forth God’s work of salvation. Her fiat to the archangel Gabriel is an active yes that she renews at every turn during her life on earth. In fact, Mary is best known to us as the faithful disciple who ponders all things in her heart.
Today’s Gospel relates to us the simple joy of little people, also called the anawin of the poor of the land. The shepherds, upon seeing the Infant in the manger, understand immediately what has been told to them concerning this Child. On her part, Mary is reported as one who treasures “all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.”
Today is also World Day of Peace. In his encyclical Marialis Cultus Pope Paul VI declared: “This celebration, assigned to January 1st in conformity with the ancient liturgy of the city of Rome, is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in the mystery of salvation. It is meant also to exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the ‘holy Mother through whom we were found worthy to receive the author of life.’ It is like wise a fitting occasion for renewed adoration at the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels, and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace.”
We have Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Peace, to show us the way to achieve the elusive dream of peace. May Mary bring us closer to this dream, as we strive to listen to her maternal bidding and inspiration.
God bless. Happy New Year to all!