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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.
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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A - February 26th, 2017
In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (6:32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave.
Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus cannot be concerned about human needs in the same way. While disciples have to take reasonable care of themselves and of those for whom they are responsible, such concerns take second place to dedication to the rule of God and the “righteousness” (6:33) for which it calls.
Verse 25 of today’s Gospel indicates two major areas of concern for the human being: sustenance (food and drink) necessary for life, and clothing. Each of the areas is addressed – food (6:26-27...