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~~SOLEMNITY of the MOTHER of GOD
Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
Today, as so many in the world celebrate the beginning of a new year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Mother of God. It is the oldest of all Marian feasts in our liturgy. It is also a feast uniquely appropriate to those of us concerned with new beginnings, with new resolutions, and renewed hopes.
To the consternation of many non Catholics, we sometimes let personal forms of piety towards Mary obscure the reasons behind our Church’s devotion to her. Perhaps we, in our personal emotional involvement with Mary, even lose sight of her genuine place in our faith and Church, we run the very real risk of simply sentimentalizing her, and thereby trivializing Christ.
In fact ther...
Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino
Second Sunday of Ordinary Time: There He Is. Here We Are
The Christmas Season ended last
Monday with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord.
Today’s Gospel immediately follows the Baptism of Jesus as
John tells his disciples that this Jesus is the Lamb of God
who takes away the sins of the world. He relates to them
that after he baptized Jesus, he saw the Holy Spirit come
upon the Lord. The first reading, from Isaiah, also points
to Jesus, as the light to the nations of the world.
In the second reading, the
introduction to the First Letter to the Corinthians, Paul
points out what following Jesus has done for us. Imagine
that instead of writing the Corinthians, Paul was writing to