January 1, 2012: Solemnity Mary, Mother of God
Catholic Social Teaching: Solidarity
First Reading: Numbers 6:22-27
Second Reading: Galatians 4:4-7
Gospel: Luke 2:16-21
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Numbers 6:26 paragraph 489
Galatians 4:4-7 paragraph 122
Galatians 4:6 paragraph 31
Galatians 4:6-7 paragraph 39
“In Biblical revelation peace is much more than the simple absence of war; it represents the fullness of life…Far from being the work of human hands, it is one of the greatest gifts God offers to all men and women, and it involves obedience to the divine plan. Peace is the effect of the blessing that God bestows upon his people: “The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace”…This peace produces fruitfulness (Is 48:19), well being (cf. Is 48:18)…absence of fear (cf Lev 26:6) and profound joy (cf Pr 12:20). paragraph 489
As we walk our footprints leave imprints to dispel the early morning dew on the lawn, crunch the leaves on an autumn path or a firm imprint in moist sand exposed from an ebbing tide. An imprint we may never see, but decisively in view to those following. Mary left us her footprints, so God’s ways may be known upon the earth. The Lord blesses and keeps us, as His face shines upon us with the gift of peace. In return, we offer our praise and in humbleness make known the message we have been told about the child of Mary.
Individual Reflection: Luke 2: 16-21 Read Fr John Dear’s book, Mary of Nazareth, Prophet of Peace.
Family Reflection: Psalm 67 Visit the Vatican website and read Pope Benedict XVI’s World Day of Peace message about educating youth on justice and peace. Talk about how your family can learn more about justice and peace and live these ideals in your daily lives.
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