The Gospel invites us to join the shepherds as they visit the New-Born Child in the manger at Bethlehem, and to share in their amazement and joy. Adoring shepherds, angelic choirs and seers from the East, all coming to see the New-Born King. Mary pondered these events in her heart. She cherished the memories all mothers have of their children. Have our celebrations over the Christmas Season brought us closer to Jesus and his mother? Have we set aside time to be still and contemplate how God has worked in our lives? There is still opportunity. The poet W.H. Auden wrote, “It lies within your power to choose the Child who chose you.”
Today is also New Year’s Day. We are entering a new stage of our journey through life. What is our disposition as we begin 2023? Are we hopeful and expectant or are we apathetic and downhearted? Whatever our feelings may be, let us share them with God and ask His guidance and blessing on the days and months ahead and place ourselves under the protection of our Mother Mary.
Wishing you a blessed, joyful and grace-filled 2023!
Sister M. Marcella Louise Wallowicz, CSFN