YEAR TO ALL
THE MOTHER OF GOD
is fitting that the solemnity of Mary's Motherhood be the gateway to the New Year,
another Anno Domini, Year of the Lord. "This gate will be kept shut . . since
Yahweh, the God of Israel has been through it." (Ezekiel 44:2)|
of God is Mary's greatest title, and from it are derived all her privileges. Yet
she is one of ourselves, "more Mother than Queen", as St. Thérèse
Mother of our God,
Whom heaven and earth could not contain,
your womb has lain
and there became our Jesus.
guide our pilgrim throng,
singing with us Sion's song,
Till at last our
then bring us to your Jesus.
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men from the East arrived in Jerusalem saying: "Where is the new-born
king of the Jews. We
have seen his star in the east and
have come to adore him". (Matt:2:2)|
means manifestation, the unveiling of God's merciful plan: the Gentiles too now
share the same inheritance as the Jews, they too are called to share in the promise
of Christ, through the Gospel. Jesus belongs to all tribes and peoples. He is
journey's end for each one of us.
found Him, our first response will be adoration. It is a great thing to be free
to bend the knee before God. Adoration also keeps us humble before each other,
for each person is the home of the Indwelling Trinity.|
in Carmel it is the custom for us to renew our vows on the Feast of Epiphany.|
promises of celibacy, obedience and poverty correspond to the gifts of the Magi,
they are our gifts to the Child in the crib. But well we know that it is we ourselves
who are ever and always on the receiving end. "What have you that you have
not received", says St. Paul.
joy of Christmas comes to a climax at the Epiphany. We are joyful because Jesus
is the joy of Heaven. "I
have told you these things that My joy may be in you and that your joy may be
this day, Lord God,
by a guiding star,
You revealed Your only begotten
to all the peoples of the world.
Lead us from the faith
we know You now
to the vision of Your glory,
face to face.
would One who is sinless want to be baptized? John the Baptist himself asked this
question: 'I should be baptised by you, yet you come to me?" By accepting
baptism among the throngs who came to John in the Jordan, Jesus was aligning Himself
with sinners. |
to take away sin by loading it on Himself and gave us in return His own holiness.
by His Baptism Jesus sanctified the waters for our own cleansing and re-birth.
He took on our human nature, makes Himself our Brother and gives us a share in
His divine nature. We are His members, children of the same Father. At
His Baptism Jesus is acknowledged as Son by His own Father. The Holy Spirit too,
comes down on Him in the form of a dove. Here we have the revelation of the Mystery
of the Most Blessed Trinity in the New Testament. It is at our own Baptism that
we become the dwelling place of the Three Divine Persons. We become temples of
the Living God. "O Christian, know your dignity" says Pope St. Gregory
the Great in a reading that is recalled every year at Christmas Midnight Mass.
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DURING THE NEW YEAR