Mary, Mother of God Solemnity (Octave of Christmas)
Catholic Gallery wishes you and your Family a Very Happy New Year 2023!
First Reading: Numbers 6: 22-27
The Lord bless you and keep you, (24)
We praise and glorify God for this New Year and all that it will unfold. We Thank The Lord for his Everlasting Blessing on us. He Blessed Moses and Aaron and through them, He blessed us. Praise God. We must begin this Year with heartfelt Thanks for all the many miracles and blessings he bestows on us each day. Beginning with the very breath we take right now to our homes and family, our loved ones, our resources, and all that we have at this moment, we must render thanks to God for all of these at all times. Amen!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 67: 2-3, 5, 6, 8
Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you. (3,5)
Thank You, Lord, for permitting us to praise you. Amen!
Second Reading: Galatians 4: 4-7
And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God. (6-7)
We are children of the living word of God. Amen! Alleluia!
Gospel: Luke 2: 16-21
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. (20)
If we were to imagine ourselves in the group of shepherds that night, would we have joy and excitement, along with questions and doubts? Even if we were to dismiss the vision of the Angels as merely a hallucination, later on, we would still be witnesses to the baby and mother and the scene of the nativity exactly as the Angels told us. How could we not believe, what our eyes had seen? Then as we went about our lives, as usual, we would surely carry the whole episode in our hearts as a divine revelation for the rest of our lives!
As the child grew and worked wonders among the lost and lowly, our faith would have been strengthened. As He hung on the cross, we would sorrow with his mother. As news of his resurrection floated in, we would surely become followers of the little tribe that followed His disciples. Some of our brothers and sisters would have listened to Peter’s first sermon outside the Upper Room and would have joined us. We would know peace and brotherhood in our hearts even as we went through trials.
In Jesus’ name, we would know we are the chosen and we would live our lives accordingly. Amen! Amen! Amen!
Here’s wishing each and every one of us A Very Happy and Blessed New Year 2023!