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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Journeying with the Founder Day #62

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Mary, Mother of God. It is beautiful that the New Year starts with Mary as mother because life comes from a mother. In this New Year the life of the Spirit has to be born in us from Mary our mother, the mother who gives us life. Mary is the person who has always given of herself; she was born in order to give. From the beginning we see Mary giving birth to Jesus, her Son, and then we see Mary giving Him to others. First the shepherds come. The Gospel does not give us details, but surely the shepherds come close to Baby Jesus to kiss Him, to caress Him, and to offer Him their gifts, and Mary lets them hold Him. Later the Magi come from afar. Most assuredly Mary shows them her Son, the Baby Jesus, and presents Him to them so that the Magi could kiss Him with love, with devotion and trepidation.

At the beginning of this New Year, this is the way that we want to see Mary: as a Mother who gives all to us. What does Mary give to us in particular? She gives us the gift of living with attention the gift of time. We don’t know how much time we are given, but that is not an issue; little or much time, we know that Mary intercedes for us, and therefore—regardless of the various events that will take place—we will deal with them with joy and love because Mary, our mother, is with us. (Charity)


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