New Year's Day, World Day of Peace, Feast of Mary-Mother of God

January 1, 2014

Below you will find a short reflection for today, New Year's Day, World Day of Peace, Feast of Mary-Mother of God, January 1. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it. 


New Year's Day; World Day of Peace; Feast of Mary, Mother of God


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 the story of the angels' proclamation: "Do not be afraid, for behold I proclaim to you good news of great joy, that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ" (Luke 2:10-11).


The child is the Savior Christ...


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In Christ's peace,


Johnny Zokovitch

Director of Communications, Pax Christi USA

P.S. To see more reflections from the beginning of Advent through the Christmas season, click here.