been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
If someone was to walk up to you today and say ‘Happy Mother’s Day!’ would you think that they had been partying a bit too hard the night before and lost track of days, months even? For you know well that mother’s day is not until later in the year, the 30th of March in fact. And yet they would be right to share this greeting, celebrating as they are the great Church feast of Mary the Mother of God.
On Mother’s Day we celebrate our earthly mothers because they brought us into this world, loved and cared for us when we were utterly dependent on them, and helped raise us with good values and example which helped us to make our own way in the world. Our earthly mothers are indeed a great gift and blessing to us but so too is our Heavenly Mother Mary. As the adopted children of God we are also all her children and she loves each of us with the purest and most tender motherly love. She is constantly watching over us and calling us to come closer to her Son, Jesus.
At this time of year many people choose to make new year resolutions. May one of these resolutions be to grow closer to Mary during this coming year through our devotion and prayers to her – particularly by praying the rosary – so that we may learn from her example and receive the many graces that she has been given by God for us. By drawing close to Mary, she will bring us closer to Jesus.
Mary was a woman who valued the word of God, who treasured it and made time to meditate on and ponder it so that she could discern what God was saying to her at every stage in her life. Today let us resolve to learn from our Heavenly Mother how to make time for God in our busy lives. If we are to hear God speaking to us, we too need to make quiet time each day to listen to God speaking to our hearts and to ponder his Word in the Bible.
Let us pray that during this year all mothers may truly cherish the gift of unborn life that they carry within them and like Mary, they may say ‘yes’ to life and ‘yes’ to motherhood. Today is also the ‘world day of peace’ and we pray that Mary the Queen of Peace, who gave birth to the Prince of Peace, may through her powerful intercession bring peace to the many war torn countries in the world and to the hearts of all men and women.
Mary Mother of God, pray for us.
Gospel Reading: (Lk 2:16-21)