Two friends were discussing with each on the New Year resolutions that they had made in the past year.
One of them said: “You know, my friend, I have kept up all the 6 resolutions that I made last year!”
The other friend was quite surprised, knowing the character of his mate…
… “Really? How did you manage to do that?
>> I was not able to keep up even one resolution for the whole year!”
“Haha!” laughed the boy, “I knew I will be breaking all my resolutions!
>> So I wrote all the 6 resolutions on a sheet of paper…
… and kept up the paper, high on a cupboard!
So you see… all my 6 resolutions are KEPT UP!”
Well.. it’s that time of the year, when we are called forth to make some resolutions…
…as we enter into a New Year!
Are we ready to sincerely “keep up” our resolutions…
… or are we going to make it a mere customary practice and follow the crowd mentality: “Resolutions are made to break!”
We are on the first day of the New Year 2019…
… and on the 8th day after Christmas – the Octave Day.
We notice that the hustle & bustle of Christmas, the celebrations & merriment of the Festival are slowing waning down…
>> The Crib and the Christmas Tree and the stars which were brightly shining have faded away…
>> The large number of people in Church for Christmas have reduced to a slender one today…
>> The joy and devout mood of the faithful which was on high, seems to have reduced…
Is the message of Christmas slowly being left behind…?
But the Church still dynamically and emphatically keeps up the True Spirit of Christmas.
The Church reminds us that, “The glamour of Christmas may fade…
… but the Glory of Christ will always shine!”
This Octave Day of Christmas, fittingly celebrated as the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a reminder to this fact…
…that Christmas is not a one day event; rather a celebration for life.
…that spiritual exercises and movements can’t be limited; rather need to overflow everyday
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a dogma of the Church and the devotion to Mary is one of the great treasures of the Church.
However, often there are many doubts arising and controversies created over Mary, being considered and called as the Mother of God.
But the logic is pretty simple and easy to understand actually…
Premise 1: Mary is the Mother of Jesus
Premise 2: Jesus is fully God and fully Man
Conclusion: Mary is the Mother of Jesus, the fully God and fully Man.
And therefore, Mary is the Mother of God!
>> In honouring Mamma Mary with this title, we acknowledge and give glory to Jesus, fully God and fully Man.
>> In addressing Mamma Mary with this identity, we proclaim and declare emphatically the divinity and humanity of Jesus.
The Motherhood of Blessed Mamma has many implications for us…
>> We are assured of a Maternal protection and care in our journey towards the Lord, when we face crises, problems and difficulties.
>> We are challenged to respond to God’s inspirations, just as She said “Yes” to God’s call to be a partner in the salvation of the world.
>> We are invited to be faithful and committed in being united with Jesus, in the face of any hardships and troubles that come our way.
>> We are exhorted to totally committed and focussed on Jesus and Him alone and to make His Life as the aim, the goal and the foundation of our life.
On this first day of the New Year, the Lord invites us to check & examine our Spiritual Health with a spiritual thermometer….
>> Am I fervent and zealous in my commitment and consecration?
>> Am I passionate and ardent in my Love for Jesus, my Lord?
>> Am I charitable and caring in my dealings with my brothers and sisters?
Let us take some practical resolution for this Year…
… and seek to sincerely “keep up” our resolutions…
>> Let our determination combined with God’s Grace overpower the notion that “resolutions are made to break!”
Blessed Mamma, the Mother of God invites us to hold Her hands and march forward joyfully and fervently on the Path of Faith & Love.
Wish you a Very Happy Feast of Blessed Mamma!
>> Wish you a Blessed New Year 2019!
May we always – all the days of this New Year and the days to come…
… Live Jesus! God Bless!
Quotable-quote-a-day-with-St Francis de Sales (SFS) – “Let us run to Mary, and as Her little children, cast ourselves into Her Arms with perfect confidence!”