Thursday, January 1, 2015

Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” - Lk 2:16-21

As we enter into the new year, the solemnity of Mary is ours to imitate. Reflecting and savoring is the core of her faith and essence of her sanctity. Mary gives us an example that each genuine choice reveals who we are on our journey towards God. Mary could have considered herself to be a treasure and reflected on her own importance and felt its power. Instead, she chose to view them as gifts of His graciousness. Mary let God be God and believed He inspired her to be herself. And because Mary chose God freely, she knew no chains and allowed Him to shine upon her, look at her kindly, bless her, and give her peace. She revealed to us how prayer made it possible for her obedience to God and God’s will, even when the outcome was not clear. Mary models the path of discipleship for us.

At the cusp of new beginnings we are encouraged to the same degree and depth in our lives, where all is treasured and reflected in our hearts. This reflection process enables us to maintain a conscious awareness of where we have been and where God will continue to lead us. Change is inevitable, but growth is personal. It comes from enhancing our awareness of what life could possibly be when we follow God.

Will I learn to say ‘yes’ with less and less conditions?

Do I have the faith, openness, and courage to respond to God’s signs in my own life?”

Reflected by Tam Lontok

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