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Feast of Mary, Mother of God, Year A – 2023

When joining a group of people, it is always interesting to notice what the people present are doing.
A little like the actors in a scene, their actions and reactions to one another can reveal much to us.

The readings of the texts of the Bible can somehow do the same.
It is especially true of the texts of the gospels.

 

Today’s feast presents us with the gospel of the visit of the shepherds to the new-born Child in Bethlehem.

The narrative tells us (Luke 2:16-21):

The shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby.
They spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed.
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.”

 

The text speaks of:

– haste to find something and discovering…
– sharing with others this discovery…
– treasuring and pondering…
– glorifying and praising God…

Could this not be for us the plan of the new year about to unfold?

  • Discovering the meaning of our human existence, discovering God in our day-to-day lives…
  • Sharing with others what we have perceived of God’s presence…
  • Treasuring this gift of a new understanding, keeping on reflecting…
  • Glorifying and praising God for all that he reveals to us of himself, of ourselves…

 
A promising travel plan… for a hopeful journey…

 

Note: Another text is available on a different theme, in French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-marie-mere-de-dieu-annee-a-2023/

 

Source: Image: Adam Hamilton

Feast of Mary, Mother of God, Year A – 2020

There are different ways of reading a gospel text, or listening to it.
Sometimes, we have a sense of ‘déjà vu’ – it seems we know all about it for such a long time.
At other times, what is described feels strange, foreign, not related to our own experience.

But the quiet contemplation of a scene can be instructive and truly inspiring.
On this Feast of Mary, Mother of God, today’s gospel text (Lk.2:16-21) can be exactly this for us.

“The Shepherds hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby…
They spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child…
They returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.”
 
“All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them…”

“Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 

  • Hurrying to find…
  • Sharing what has been discovered…
  • Glorifying and praising God…
  • Marvelling at what happens…
  • Treasuring up and keep pondering…

A good programme for the adventure through the new year just beginning!

Note: another reflection is available on a different theme on French at: https://image-i-nations.com/fete-de-marie-mere-de-dieu-annee-a-2020/

 

Source: Image: Armenian church us (Rembrandt painting)