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2018

JANUARY

 

JANUARY

1st

 

SOLEMNITY OF
MARY,

THE MOTHER OF GOD

It 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)

Mother 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 said.

Virgin Mother of our God,
Whom heaven and earth could not contain,
Deep within your womb has lain
and there became our Jesus.

Mother guide our pilgrim throng,
singing with us Sion's song,
Till at last our journey's done;
then bring us to your Jesus.

 

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JANUARY
6th

EPIPHANY OF

THE LORD

Wise 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)

Epiphany 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.

Having 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.
Here in Carmel it is the custom for us to renew our vows on the Feast of Epiphany.

Our 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.

The 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 complete".

 

On this day, Lord God,
by a guiding star,
You revealed Your only begotten Son
to all the peoples of the world.
Lead us from the faith
by which we know You now
to the vision of Your glory,
face to face.
Amen.

 

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1st Sunday

After Epiphany

BAPTISM OF

THE LORD

 

Why 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.

He came to take away sin by loading it on Himself and gave us in return His own holiness.
Also 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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AGAIN, 
GOD'S BLESSING
IN ABUNDANCE
TO ALL
DURING THE NEW YEAR

 

 

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