The best way to begin the new year is in the arms of our Holy Mother, Mary. The Church provides that way for us. We have one home on earth with two rooms within which we find refuge and consolation, the heart of Mary and the Body and Blood of her Son in the Eucharist. Mary will lead us into Jesus’ healing embrace in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which makes present the Paschal Mystery in every age.
While suffering for our sins on the cross Jesus gave us his mother who comes to us in our deepest needs as she did in Mexico on December 9, 1531. Pope John Paul II said,
“‘ Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs, and suffering ”’ (Ioannis Pauli PP. II Redemptoris Mater, 21). Out of loving concern for others, she brings all mankind’s needs within the radius of Christ’s saving power…
“Let us never hesitate to turn to her! How often, in your families, do you feel powerless in the face of painful and apparently insoluble situations? How many people find it a constant struggle to forgive longstanding grudges, or to overcome deeply-rooted feelings of anger, hostility, jealousy or resentment? How many people desperately long for someone they love to abandon a way of life or a course of action which they know will only lead to frustration and unhappiness? And how frequently do our hearts go out to someone who is caught up in the toils of mental anguish or bitter grief which knows no consolation? At moments like these, should we not trust in Mary’s loving intercession, confident that the most hopeless of human situations can be transformed by the saving power of Jesus, who in answer to her request turned water into wine, who died on the Cross that we might live forever?”
(Homily, Shrine of Our Lady Ta Pinu, Malta, May 26, 1990)
Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and he will be called Wondrous God, Prince of Peace, Father of future ages: and his reign will be without end. (Entrance Antiphon for Mass, January 1, 2020.