Saturday, January 1, 2011
Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God
Today we begin the New Year on a First Saturday with the Feast of Our Lady that seems to me to be the most important of all. Theologians realized that Jesus was both God and man; therefore, Mary was the Mother of God. She is given many titles and honored in many ways, but being the Mother of God is what makes Mary so powerful an intercessor for us, her children, too. Jesus gave us His own Mother to intercede for us and that is why the Hail Mary is such a wonderful prayer - first we praise Mary for the Lord is with her; then we ask her to pray for us both now and at the hour of our death. Mary watches over us; she tells the Lord when we are in need as she did at the marriage feast when she noticed the lack of wine. She also tells us what she told the waiters then, "Do whatsoever He tells you."
May you all have a very Happy New Year and live it in union with Jesus! Then we will be living this New Year close to Mary in peace and joy.