Reflection for Jan. 1, 2018

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Peace be with you

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As we celebrate Mary, the bearer of peace, can we work toward peace for 250 million people?

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:

  • Welcome them by expanding legal pathways for entrance.
  • Protect them by defending their dignity as they search for freedom and peace.
  • Promote their development so that they can achieve their full human potential.
  • Integrate them fully into society as they contribute their unique gifts and talents.

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.


3 Comment(s)

  • Michelle B: Friday, December 29, 2017

    Mary did everything in her power to provide for Jesus, and God has entrusted us to do the same with our own children. We must, as Christians, support those in unfortunate circumstances who attempt to provide a better life for their families.

  • Linda: Friday, December 29, 2017

    As a woman (womb-an), one whose very essence is to bear life (womb-an), I identify very strongly and most completely with the longing of mothers who want "life" and "fullness-of-life" for her children. I believe this is what Mary felt from within her womb, all along. Her physical womb, and her contemplative womb, are what God used to bring "new life" into the world. Her 'new life' - born of derision and scandal - was JESUS, who lived his CHRIST-HOOD so that we, too, could know it. The womb of Mary, indeed, and in deed, is Our Teacher, our Way-of-Life. Mary is The God-Bearer from her womb - physical and contemplative (spiritual). Let us, as women, feel and know this same Power from within our womb-depths -- the inner longings of our hearts, minds, and souls to bear God to a world so much in need of True-God, True Womb-an.

  • Ellen Kane: Friday, December 29, 2017

    Thank you, Sally Ann, for reminding us of our true calling to Peace and fullness of Life for all. Thank you for You!