Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God: Letting God Lead

“When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” – Luke 2: 17-19

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. To be honest, I have typically overlooked this holy day of obligation, as it was always lost in the festivities of New Years Eve and rest on New Years Day. With this feast we honor Mary’s divine Motherhood and the public announcement of Jesus’ birth. This is a tough aspect for me to swallow. How could Mary fathom being the mother of God? I think that maybe monumental/life changing events are things we accept over time. Our hearts work on them with God to eventually accept and embrace whatever it is that God has in store for us.

In this New Year, the promise of a fresh start is upon us. I actually don’t have a list of resolutions just yet. Of course there are many things I would like to do in this next year but I initially found myself listing down things that are not necessarily driving new growth or are completely out of my control such as finding the person to spend the rest of my life with. I realized that lists such as this lead to expectations in the New Year instead of a perspective of hope so I have decided to wait to make my list. 

I know that I need to spend ample time with the Lord to hear what he is calling me to do in this next year and reflect on what that is. People always say that what you are looking for ends up being what is right in front of you all along. I wonder, are we just overlooking or afraid to embrace what God has put right in front of us? In 2014 let us ask ourselves, what am I being called to do in this New Year? Am I ready to accept and embrace this path?

Lord help me to hear what you are calling me to do in 2014 and have the faith and discipline to embrace this path.

Reflected by Joan Ervin

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