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Luke 2:16-21

The Word of God

So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:16-21
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    • The first day of the New Year is a fresh start in the following of Jesus. We could be anxious, but we are people of a great Promise and so we begin with trust and courage. In Mary’s Son we have the certain hope that the Word of God made flesh lives among us and takes on himself our fears and our heaviness.
    • Loving Father of good beginnings, you start anew with us in all the stages and circumstances of our life. We thank you for being always present for us in Jesus. With him we look forward eagerly to being sharers throughout 2013 in a confident message of faith, of peace and of hope for our world.
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    • An outstanding characteristic of Luke’s Gospel is that all barriers are down. Shepherds who have no social status are the very ones whom the Lord holds in special regard. Those who have nothing open themselves to the angel’s message. Their response is joy and praise for the mystery of love unwrapped before them, a vulnerable child and two inexperienced parents.
    • Lord, like Mary may I find room in my cluttered life simply to rest and be quiet in your presence. Mary’s heart was a sacred space, and mine is also. Fill it with the joy of your presence.
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    • We celebrate the most passionate and enduring of all human relationships, that of mother and child. As Mary looked at her baby, and gave him her breast, she knew that there was a dimension here beyond her guessing. Christians thought about it for four centuries before they dared to consecrate the title [θεοτοκο]s, Mother of God. Like Mary, I treasure the words spoken about Jesus, and ponder them in my heart.
    • Every birth is a precious gift of God of someone new in the world; you and I brought a new joy and promise to parents and to the world on our birth.  This would be moreso in Jesus – the one who saves is the meaning of his name. The world would never be the same because of him, and maybe Mary began to know that when the shepherds came and told her their story.
    • A new year is like a new birth: something can become alive in us that life is always new, grace flows new each day and in every moment. In the dawn of New Year’s Day God is visiting us ‘like the dawn from on high’. Offer in prayer your hopes for this coming year – hopes for yourself, hopes for others.
    • God's messengers tell the shepherds something astonishing, that a baby boy lying in a manger is both Messiah and Lord, God and Saviour! They, in their turn, repeat the angels' extraordinary message to Mary and Joseph. As Jesus grew and developed, Mary must have pondered all these things as she laced his sandals, prepared his meals, soothed him when he cried and watched over him as he learned how to use carpenter's tools. Like any mother, she must have pondered what the future had in store for her son.
    • I too am called to ponder Jesus' life so that his ways of thinking and his value system may become mine.  
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    • We celebrate the most passionate and enduring of all human relationships, that of mother and child. As Mary looked at her baby, and gave him her breast, she knew that there was a dimension here beyond her guessing. Christians thought about it for four centuries before they dared to consecrate the title [θεοτοκο]s, Mother of God. Like Mary, I treasure the words spoken about Jesus, and ponder them in my heart.
    • Every birth is a precious gift of God of someone new in the world; you and I brought a new joy and promise to parents and to the world on our birth.  This would be moreso in Jesus – the one who saves is the meaning of his name. The world would never be the same because of him, and maybe Mary began to know that when the shepherds came and told her their story.
    • A new year is like a new birth: something can become alive in us that life is always new, grace flows new each day and in every moment. In the dawn of New Year’s Day God is visiting us ‘like the dawn from on high’. Offer in prayer your hopes for this coming year – hopes for yourself, hopes for others.
    • God's messengers tell the shepherds something astonishing, that a baby boy lying in a manger is both Messiah and Lord, God and Saviour! They, in their turn, repeat the angels' extraordinary message to Mary and Joseph. As Jesus grew and developed, Mary must have pondered all these things as she laced his sandals, prepared his meals, soothed him when he cried and watched over him as he learned how to use carpenter's tools. Like any mother, she must have pondered what the future had in store for her son.
    • I too am called to ponder Jesus' life so that his ways of thinking and his value system may become mine.  
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    • We celebrate the most passionate and enduring of all human relationships, that of mother and child. As Mary looked at her baby, and gave him her breast, she knew that there was a dimension here beyond her guessing. Christians thought about it for four centuries before they dared to consecrate the title [θεοτοκο]s, Mother of God. Like Mary, I treasure the words spoken about Jesus, and ponder them in my heart.
    • Every birth is a precious gift of God of someone new in the world; you and I brought a new joy and promise to parents and to the world on our birth.  This would be moreso in Jesus – the one who saves is the meaning of his name. The world would never be the same because of him, and maybe Mary began to know that when the shepherds came and told her their story.
    • A new year is like a new birth: something can become alive in us that life is always new, grace flows new each day and in every moment. In the dawn of New Year’s Day God is visiting us ‘like the dawn from on high’. Offer in prayer your hopes for this coming year – hopes for yourself, hopes for others.
    • God's messengers tell the shepherds something astonishing, that a baby boy lying in a manger is both Messiah and Lord, God and Saviour! They, in their turn, repeat the angels' extraordinary message to Mary and Joseph. As Jesus grew and developed, Mary must have pondered all these things as she laced his sandals, prepared his meals, soothed him when he cried and watched over him as he learned how to use carpenter's tools. Like any mother, she must have pondered what the future had in store for her son.
    • I too am called to ponder Jesus' life so that his ways of thinking and his value system may become mine.  
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • We celebrate the most passionate and enduring of all human relationships, that of mother and child. As Mary looked at her baby, and gave him her breast, she knew that there was a dimension here beyond her guessing. Christians thought about it for four centuries before they dared to consecrate the title [θεοτοκο]s, Mother of God. Like Mary, I treasure the words spoken about Jesus, and ponder them in my heart.
    • Every birth is a precious gift of God of someone new in the world; you and I brought a new joy and promise to parents and to the world on our birth.  This would be moreso in Jesus – the one who saves is the meaning of his name. The world would never be the same because of him, and maybe Mary began to know that when the shepherds came and told her their story.
    • A new year is like a new birth: something can become alive in us that life is always new, grace flows new each day and in every moment. In the dawn of New Year’s Day God is visiting us ‘like the dawn from on high’. Offer in prayer your hopes for this coming year – hopes for yourself, hopes for others.
    • God's messengers tell the shepherds something astonishing, that a baby boy lying in a manger is both Messiah and Lord, God and Saviour! They, in their turn, repeat the angels' extraordinary message to Mary and Joseph. As Jesus grew and developed, Mary must have pondered all these things as she laced his sandals, prepared his meals, soothed him when he cried and watched over him as he learned how to use carpenter's tools. Like any mother, she must have pondered what the future had in store for her son.
    • I too am called to ponder Jesus' life so that his ways of thinking and his value system may become mine.