On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: January 1, 2018 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The Lord our God has indeed uncovered His face and brought us peace through and in Jesus Christ our Lord and saviour. He was born of a woman to share fully in our humanity and unite us fully with His divinity.

Mary, mother of God was given to us as our mother too. Through her Son Jesus we have become co-heirs, sons and daughters of God our Father. Through her powerful intercession and guidance we walk more closely on the narrow path of holiness. Spouse of the Holy Spirit, she obtains for us the gifts needed for our pilgrim journey we pray to her.

Dearest blessed mother pray for us as we begin this year of faith. Amen

First reading
Numbers 6:22-27

The Lord spoke to Moses and said, ‘Say this to Aaron and his sons: “This is how you are to bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.”

This is how they are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them.’

Second reading
Galatians 4:4-7

When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave any more; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.

Gospel
Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds hurried away to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. When they saw the child they repeated what they had been told about him, and everyone who heard it was astonished at what the shepherds had to say. As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds went back glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; it was exactly as they had been told.
When the eighth day came and the child was to be circumcised, they gave him the name Jesus, the name the angel had given him before his conception.

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