On Today’s Gospel

Posted: January 1, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Dearest Mother of God, our mother, how Blessed are we indeed to have you as our mother. We were entrusted into your loving care by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and as we begin a new year we have you by our side once again; as we journey on unfamiliar grounds facing new challenges ahead. We go forth unafraid for we know that through your Son our Lord we have become children of God our Father and are so very loved by Him. We are free from all sin because of the great sacrifice of His life offered up for us so that we can live life to the full in Him, in the light of His Resurrection.

Mother throughout His life on earth much was revealed to you, you treasured and pondered them all in your heart. Help us never to lose our way, guide us on how we too can treasure and ponder over the graces and love outpoured upon us by God our Heavenly, Your Son our Lord and Saviour and the Holy Spirit. Lead us dear mother into deeper relationship with your Son and into our Heavenly inheritance.

Love always and forever, your children. Amen

First reading

Numbers 6:22-27

They are to call down my name on the sons of Israel, and I will bless them

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 ·

God sent his Son, born of a woman

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 anymore; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.

Gospel

Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds hurried to Bethlehem and found the baby lying in the manger

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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