Sunday, January 1, 2023

Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

The Month of January Dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus

World Day of Peace

Readings of the Day

Rule of Saint Benedict: Prologue 1-7

Mass: Numbers 6:22-27; Resp Ps 67; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21 

May He let His face shine upon us.


The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! 
The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.
(Nb 6:24-26)

Happy New Year 2023. Mary, the Holy Mother of God, pray for us. On this first day of the month of January 2023, we dedicate the month to the Holy Name of Jesus. To kick us off on this World Day of Peace, we pray, Jesus, God of Peace, have mercy on us.

In a card received yesterday, a long-time friend (of over 30 years!), thinking about her intentions for 2023, asked about my intentions for next year. She asked, "Do you contemplate and set goals?" This is a good question, and it seems more than appropriate for a cloistered, contemplative nun or monk to ponder. In fact, we, as in all the faithful united in faith and prayer, who in one way or another live lives of contemplation, should follow Mary's lead and keep all these things and reflect on them in our hearts (see Lk 2:19). And since we are beginning our first read through of the Holy Rule of Saint Benedict for the year, we are reminded to listen carefully to the master's instructions and attend to them with ear of our hearts (RB Prologue 1). So, what are your intentions for the New Year 2023 beginning today, January 1, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God?

Mary was indeed full of grace
in good measure
pressed down
shaken together
and running over
and for this reason:
that through her
the grace of God might abound in us.

God chose her
in advance
in a unique way
and accorded the grace of being endowed
with a triple grace
the grace of beauty
the grace of favor
and the grace of honor
so that she should be made
and glorious.
(Baldwin of Forde, 1125-1190) 

Today's photo: A close-up of the magnificent Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God, in our creche. Take note of the Magnificat in front of her, written in Spanish. Proclama mi alma la grandeza del Senor.

© Gertrude Feick 2023

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