Monday 1 January 2018

About Today Readings

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.

Numbers 6:22-27. Psalm 66(67):2-3, 5-6, 8. Galatians 4:4-7. Luke 2:16-21.

May God bless us in his mercy—Psalm 66(67):2-3, 5-6, 8.

‘May the Lord bless you and keep you.’

Lord, may our year be blessed with peace. Let your face shine on us. May we understand what your blessing means.

We think of Mary, ‘blessed among all women’, on this day especially dedicated to her. What did ‘blessedness’ mean for Mary? Not an easy life, by ordinary standards, that’s for sure. And yet her story is one of exulting in God’s love: ‘My soul glorifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my saviour; he looks on his servant in her lowliness, henceforth all ages will call me blessed.’

Lord, perhaps the secret is to discover our lowliness and your greatness. Our world is still clouded with fears at the turn of this year. 

We are weak, Lord, and we need your blessing. See our lowliness, and bless us with your peace. 

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