Mary, Mother of God

Lk 2: 16-21

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Let us go rejoicing into our ordinary lives

The shepherds went in haste. There was an urgency, an eager anticipation to see the child of whom the angels had spoken and the heavenly host had sung.

In this new year, is there a goodness toward which I am called to make haste? Is the Christ child, now the cosmic Christ, inviting to me lean more fully into my essential nature and that which brings me alive?

In his Principle and Foundation, St. Ignatius insists that we are from love, of love and for love. This truth, revealed to the shepherds in the child Jesus, is good news indeed and solid ground on which to stand as we begin another new year, especially in these challenging times.

As the shepherds then returned to their ordinary lives rejoicing, we too must turn from these days of celebration and recommit to our ordinary lives. How then, can we go rejoicing, bringing hope and good news as we generously express the love from which we come?

A very happy and blessed New Year to you!

—Jennifer Kelly is the Director of Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative Northwest, a work of the West Province and the Director of Formation for L’Arche Seattle.

 

Prayer

Lord, my God
When your love spilled over into creation
You thought of me.
I am from Love,   of Love,   for Love.

Let my heart, O God, always
recognize,
cherish
and enjoy
Your goodness in all of creation.

Direct all that is me toward your praise.
Teach me reverence for every person, all things.
Energize me in your service.

Lord God,
may nothing ever distract me from your love. Neither
health nor sickness,
wealth nor poverty
honor nor dishonor
long life or short life.

May I never seek, nor choose
to be Other than you intend or wish.

—First Principle and Foundation paraphrased by Jacqueline Bergan and Sr. Marie Schwan