Word for the Weekend: January 1

Seeing Shepherds by Daniel Bonnell
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This coming weekend finds us celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It's also World Peace Day (but the Mass for Peace may not be celebrated on this day) and of course it's the first day of the new civil year which is what will be on most folks' minds.

You'll find the scriptures for this day and commentary on them right here. If you're shepherding children to church this weekend, here are some hints for helping them prepare to hear the Lord's Word.

The scriptures for this Sunday are relatively brief.   The first text, from the Book of Numbers, is a blessing of God's people which seems eminently appropriate for the first day of a new year.  The gospel, from Luke, tells of the shepherds spreading the message of the news of the Lord's birth and contains that beautiful verse, "And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart."  The middle text, from Galatians, includes this verse so appropriate for the (Christmas) season and the day's feast, "When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law."

RIGHT NOW would be a fine time to make a New Year's Resolution to prepare for Mass each week by taking time to read and pray over the scriptures for the coming Sunday.

NOW is the time to resolve and NOW is the time to click on the links above and begin to keep that resolution!


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