Tuesday, January 1

“The beginning of a new year is, after all, something very important.”
-Sister Maria Aloysia, Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame

Gospel for the Feast of Mary the Mother of God—Luke 2:16-21

“The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.  When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child.  All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.  And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.  When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived.

  • Recall that Jesus came poor, shelterless and vulnerable. What stirs in your heart after reflecting on all the events of Christmas, our celebration of God-become-man?
  • Spend a few minutes praising God for what you have experienced this past week.


Heritage word—“Let us be saturated with the Good News of Jesus’ birth by living deeply the human and universal values of Jesus, values of unity, peace and freedom from all forms of oppression and poverty and by opening our lives to the deep “Abba” experience of Jesus.”

(Sr. Mary Sujita, 9thSuperior General of the Sisters of Notre Dame)

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