NEW YEAR’S DAY 2014: Reflection for the World Day of Peace; Feast of Mary, Mother of God; January 1

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by Jamie Phelps, OP, Ph.D.

Numbers 6:22-27 | Galatians 4:4-7 | Luke 2:16-21

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent the Only Begotten One, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of God’s Only Begotten One into our hearts, crying out, ‘Abba!’.” (Galatians 4:4-6)

Continuing the narrative of the birth of Christ, Luke’s Gospel focuses on the shepherd’s response to the proclamation of the angels. They seek Jesus. They find a child lying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes, attended by his mother and “father”. The external sparseness and simplicity conceal the deep dimensions of the scene. But the shepherds had stayed awake and heard the proclamation of the angels. This child was no ordinary newborn. The shepherds revealed the concealed by telling…

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