Tuesday, December 26, 2017
by Sister Sally Ann Brickner
On New Year’s Day the Church invites us to celebrate Mary, the Mother of God. Theotokos means God-bearer, which is a title that both Christians and Muslims ascribe to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Our Mother Mary carried Christ in her womb, giving him physical life, and also imaged him in her relationships with others.
The title may be given to each of us also because, as we read in Genesis, we are created in God’s Image. Like Mary, we are God-bearers when we extend to others the greeting of peace in word and in action.
January 1 is also the World Day of Peace, and in his message for this day Pope Francis invites us to ponder how we are responding to the 250 million migrants and refugees in the world. Are we helping them in their search for peace? He urges us to take four actions toward migrants and refugees:
As we begin the New Year, let us resolve to be God-bearers toward migrants and refugees in our midst who, like us, ardently long for peace.
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