Friday, January 1, 2016

Reflection: Luke 2:16-21

The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God –Luke 2:16-21

According to the secular calendar, today we begin a new year.   Even though much of the rest of the world has begun “de-decking” their Christmas decorations, the Church continues to celebrate the Christmas season.  The Gospel for this feast of Mary is the reading of the shepherds traveling to Bethlehem and finding the Child Jesus  lying in manger.

How did the shepherds know where to find the child Jesus?  In those days, they did not have a GPS system guiding them.  However, they did have a brilliant star to guide them.  After worshiping the Child Jesus, they spread the good news that a child had been born.  No one questioned this statement.  Rather, everyone who heard the news was amazed and joyful.

One of the most profound statements in this gospel passage is: “Mary kept all these things in her heart and pondered them.”  What is in your heart that you ponder?  It may be a happening that was joyous to you, or perhaps you may be reflecting about a difficult challenge in your life.  In today’s fast-paced world, we need to ponder deliberately, to reflect on life.  Pondering is not always easy.  When we are hurting or feeling alone, the last thing we may want to do is to think about the pain or loss.  It may be more comfortable to numb the pain, yet God invites us to ponder our gifts, our joys, and our sorrows.

Mary experienced the gamut of emotions in her life: from great joy to great loss and sorrow.  Today may we ask Mary to walk with us—not only today but every day.  Mary deeply experienced the breadth of life’s joys and sorrows.  Her presence and strength may gift us with a peace we desire.

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