Daily Gospel – Monday, January 1, 2024 – Luke 2,16-21 – Catholic Bible

First Reading (Nm 6,22-27)

Reading the Book of Numbers:

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons: As you bless the children of Israel, say to them, ‘The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord make his face shine upon you, and have mercy on you! May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace!’ So they will call on my name over the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Second Reading (Gl 4,4-7)

Reading of Saint Paul’s Letter to the Galatians:

Brothers: When the allotted time was completed, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born subject to the Law, in order to redeem those who were subject to the Law and so that we could all receive adoptive sonship. And because you are children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out: Abba — O Father! Thus, you are no longer a slave, but a son; and, if you are a son, you are also an heir: all this by the grace of God.

– Word of the Lord.

– Thank God.

Gospel (Lc 2,16-21)

— PROCLAMATION of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Luke.

— Glory to you, Lord.

At that time, the shepherds hurriedly went to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the newborn baby lying in the manger. Having seen him, they told what they had been told about the boy. And all who heard the shepherds were amazed at what they told. As for Mary, she kept all these facts and meditated on them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for everything they had seen and heard, as they had been told. When eight days were completed for the boy’s circumcision, they named him Jesus, as he had been called by the angel before he was conceived.

— Word of Salvation.

— Glory to you, Lord.

Reflecting the Word of God

Dear brothers,

May the peace of the Lord be with each one of you. Today, as we gather to hear and celebrate the Word of God, we are graced by a special occasion: the Solemnity of Saint Mary, Mother of God. It is a unique opportunity to reflect on Mary’s sacred role in the history of salvation and how her experiences intertwine with the passages we have just heard from the Holy Scriptures.

In a world full of voices clamoring for our attention, we find, on this special day, a soft and powerful voice that echoes through the centuries: the voice of Mary, the mother who points us to the Savior. Just as the shepherds ran to the manger when following the divine light, we are called to follow the example of Mary, who leads us into the presence of her Son, Jesus Christ.

Our reflection begins with an extraordinary blessing found in the Book of Numbers, which invites us not only to receive the blessing of the Lord, but also to contemplate Mary as the Blessed among women, the Mother who received the divine blessing in a unique and unique way. Special. Just as God instructed Moses to bless the people of Israel, He blesses us through Mary’s maternal intercession, which leads us to a deeper relationship with her Son.

In the Letter to Galatians, Paul reminds us that, “when the allotted time was completed, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born subject to the Law, to redeem those who were subject to the Law, so that we might all receive the adoptive affiliation.” Mary plays a crucial role in this story, being the woman chosen by God to bring the light of the world to our midst. In this solemnity, we recognize Mary’s divine motherhood and are grateful for her saying “yes” to God’s plan.

In the Gospel according to Luke, we find the narrative of the shepherds who ran to find the Baby Jesus, but we also find Mary, the mother who “kept all these things, meditating them in her heart.” Mary not only leads us to Jesus, but shows us how to welcome and ponder the wonders of God in our lives. She is the faithful witness, the woman of faith who encourages us to reflect on the divine presence on our path.

Throughout these readings, not only are we blessed, adopted as children and invited to follow the divine light, but we also recognize Mary as the Mother of God who guides us on this journey. She is our intercessor, the one who, like a shining star, points us to Christ. Today, we are called to contemplate Mary not just as a distant figure, but as our spiritual Mother, who cares for us and leads us to the heart of her Son.

Imagine now, dear brothers and sisters, a procession of brilliant lights in honor of Mary. Each light represents a blessing, a moment of grace, a joyful response to God’s call. Mary is like the central lamp, radiating divine light to us all. As we follow this spiritual procession, we allow Mary to guide us through the darkness, leading us into the presence of her Son.

Today, in our celebration, we are challenged to incorporate Mary’s example into our lives. How can we, in our daily lives, reflect on the wonders of God, just as Mary meditated in her heart? How can we follow the divine light, confident that Mary, our Mother, intercedes for us at the throne of God?

As a practical exercise, I propose that, throughout this week, we dedicate moments to praying the Rosary, contemplating the mysteries of Christ’s life through the eyes of Mary. May this practice bring us closer to the Mother of God and lead us to a deeper understanding of the love that God showers on us.

On this special day, the melody that resonates in our hearts is doubly sweet. It is the melody of divine blessing proclaimed by Moses, but it is also the gentle melody of Mary’s heart, which invites us to listen and ponder the wonders of God. Just as music surrounds us, let us allow Mary’s presence to envelop us, guiding us with her maternal tenderness.

As we say goodbye, let us remember that, just as Mary kept all things in her heart, we are also invited to keep the truths revealed today. May the grace of the Lord, the love of Christ and the intercession of Mary be with us, strengthening us on the journey of faith.

May we carry the divine light that Mary showed us in our daily lives, radiating love, compassion and hope amid the darkness of the world.