I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Reflection for Thursday January 1, Solemnity of Mary; the Mother of God; Luke 2:16-21

Gospel: Luke 2:16-21
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.

When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
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How does a mother like Mary feels when told that of a heart wrenching message? Of course she would be worried but Mary kept everything in her heart never complaining to God. She instead communicated with God through her fervent prayers. Asking the good Lord for guidance, help and strength as she raise her son Jesus.

In the motherhood of Mary came our savior, in Mary we have a humble and simple mother who stayed with her son until His son’s last gasp of breath on the cross. Do you wish to be like Mary? Of course we want to be like Mary in a very special way minus her sufferings.

But did Mary suffer? Yes Mary suffered in silence For as Jesus suffered His mother Mary was suffering also. Perhaps double the sufferings that her son Jesus was going through during that time. As Mary suffered in silence caused by her son’s sufferings she was also drawing strength from her son Jesus. It’s hard to explain that in her suffering Mary was also drawing strength in Jesus.

But come to think of it, where do we draw strength when we are overwhelmed by our problems or when we are suffering also? Don’t we also draw strength from Jesus?  Of course we draw strength from Jesus we pray to Jesus. And we ask Jesus to help us for we know that it’s only Jesus who can strengthen us.

As we start this New Year let us all find strength in Jesus and let us never forget to ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. For she is the mother of Jesus and being so the Blessed Virgin Mary is closest to the heart of Jesus.

Do you always find strength in Jesus? Do you always ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to pray for you? - Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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