Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Mary TV Daily Reflection 1/1/2014

Mary, Jesus and Joseph
The Nativity Play of the Cenacolo Community 
(c) Mary TV 2013

January 1, 2014
The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Dear Family of Mary!

"Dear children! Today I am with you in a special way, holding little Jesus in my lap and I invite you, little children, to open yourselves to His call. He calls you to joy. Little children, joyfully live the messages of the Gospel, which I am repeating in the time since I am with you. Little children, I am your Mother and I desire to reveal to you the God of love and the God of peace. I do not desire for your life to be in sadness but that it be realized in joy for eternity, according to the Gospel. Only in this way will your life have meaning. Thank you for having responded to my call." (December 25, 1996)

On this, the eighth day of the Octave of Christmas, we honor Mary, who is the Mother of God. This title, Theotokos, is her most exalted one. This title was a matter of contention in the early Church, and was defined at the Council of Ephesus in 431 AD. Actually, Mary's relationship to Jesus, as Mother, helped the Church to clearly affirm Jesus' humanity and divinity in one person. This great mystery fills us with wonder to this day. That the Second Person of the Trinity would come down to earth, and by the power of the Holy Spirit become incarnate of the Virgin Mary, in order to be united with us and redeem us of our sins, well, it is beyond all understanding. But He did it!! And so we celebrate this great Mother of God today! (There is a short but very helpful examination of this mystery by Blessed John Paul II, from a Wednesday Audience, November 27, 1996, found at this link: )

And amazingly, Mary, who is Mother of God, tells us that she is also our mother. In this beautiful message of December 25, 1996 she says, "Little children, I am your Mother and I desire to reveal to you the God of love and the God of peace." Our Lady wants to draw us into the family. She wants to reveal to us our Brother, Jesus. He is our brother, one of us, as man. But He is far more. He is also the God of love and the God of peace. Our Brother is God! And He desires to give us His love and peace, through a personal relationship with Him.

May this New Year be the year that we all draw close to our Brother, and our God, Jesus Christ. May we learn from Him love, peace, humility, faith, hope, and joy!! May we carry Him in our hearts to all His others brothers and sisters, especially those who do not know Him yet. May our lives be realized in joy!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan
©Mary TV 2014
PS. I prayed for us all today, and pulled a saint out of our box of saints to be our patron for these reflections. Here is the saint we got!!

Saint Valentine, priest, physician, martyr (celebrated February 14th)
"I am beautiful because I love. If you want to be beautiful, love." (Our Lady in Medjugorje, March 25, 1985)   Pray that people will model their love after God's love

So, there we have it! St. Valentine, pray for us!!!


 "Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!"   
Blessed John Paul II  -
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