Mary, Mother of God | Friday 1 January 2020
Today is Friday the 1 January, the feast of Mary, Mother of God.
The Gaudete Ensemble conducted by Eamon Dougan sing 'Ave Maria' by Margaret Rizza. On this feast day, we give thanks for the motherhood Mary showed our Lord. On this New Year's Day, you might like to spend a moment in thanksgiving now.
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.
Everyone at Pray As You Go would like to wish you a very happy New Year! Today, at the start of a new year, the Catholic Church chooses to celebrate the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. The ancient Greek title for Mary - Theotokos - could also be translated as ‘the one who has given birth to the one who is God.’ Mary – the one who has given birth – reveals the humanity of Jesus – the one who is God. What does this mystery have to say to you now? About Jesus, about Mary, about your own life?
In today’s reading, we hear that Mary ‘treasured’ all the words of the shepherds about her child ‘and pondered them in her heart.’ What do you imagine she was feeling?
As you listen again to the reading, notice the impact of the words on you. Is there something you want to treasure? What are you are left pondering in your heart at the moment?
Having listened to God’s word, how do you respond to the message of the shepherds? Who is Jesus to you now? The one who, in Mary, has a human mother; the one who is God. What do you need from him, as you begin this new year?
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.