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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

January 1, A.D. 2005

Numbers 6:22-27
Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8
Galatians 4:4-7
Luke 2:16-21

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Today's readings provide rich material for both a conclusion to the old year and fresh thoughts for the new one. What better way to end the year than with the ancient blessing of Aaron over the Hebrew people as they depart for the Promised Land. He prays that God's face will always shine on them, always be present to them, and lead them to peace. This is a blessing so needed as we end a year of war and the terrors of suicide bombers fresh in our minds. This blessing is calming, reassuring, and hopeful. It demands several readings and careful pause on our part before it will yield its riches.

And the example of Mary in the Gospel is so important. Note that she reflected--pondered--keeping a journal in her heart of what the angels had told her. First, Gabriel, then the multitude of these heavenly creatures who sing at the birth of her Son. She did not let go her memories.

Neither must we let go the liturgical birth of Jesus this Christmas. We must carry Him with us into the new year, and, like Mary, nourish His life, bringing his Word to fruitfulness. The key is REFLECTION. May that be the first and most important resolution of our new year--The Word can only live in our world through its coming to birth daily in the hearts of believers, who then pass on the fruits of their prayer each day through loving and fruitful encounter.

Newborn King, give us the weapons of love that we may fight hatred; Mary, Mother of my God, make all Christians instruments of peace for the whole world. Amen

- Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore
(smartins at twcny dot rr dot com)

Lives of the saints:

The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God

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