St. John the Evangelist

An Archdiocese of Boston Parish in Winthrop, MA

Daily Gospel Reflection (1-1-2018) by Bishop Robert Barron

Author admin, Written Jan 1, 2018

SOLEMNITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD (THE OCTAVE DAY OF CHRISTMAS)

LUKE 2:16-21

Friends, on this feast of Mary the mother of God, I would like to emphasize specially the word today‚Äôs Gospel associates with her: treasured. “Mary treasured these things and reflected on them in her heart.” She pondered them, turned them over, sought out their causes, saw their implications, allowed them to work their way into the marrow of her bones.

Bl. John Henry Newman said that this treasuring quality of Mary makes her the patroness of theology. He furthermore observed that theology is one of the marks of a healthy Catholicism. Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Dante, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Newman himself, and John Paul II are all Marian figures in this sense.

So when you know your mission, be astonished by what God has done, and never stop treasuring it.

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