Mary's Perfect Discipleship

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

"The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem ... and Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart ... He was named Jesus." These three brief sentences in today's Gospel on this Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God are witness not only to Mary's contemplative way in perfect discipleship in which we are all chosen to participate but also we are witness to God's plan taking place over centuries and centuries. Such discipleship in accepting God's plan unites us, moving all toward the uncre­ated brilliant Light, Christ's Light. This past Thursday evening at Lessons & Carols, as our Schola led us with celestial voices in singing God's praises, the words from the song, In the Bleak Midwinter, written by Christina Rossetti to Gustav Holst's tune, contained the following: "Angels and archangels May have gathered there, Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air."

We too take time in the mystery of God's limitless array of graces given us, to reflect upon how Mary's saying Yes! to Gabriel, God's messenger, has had repercussions for the good of all. There is no greater disciple than Mary. Prayer and a Holy Awareness of the wonders of God all around us is as deeply important as any Works of Mercy we may accomplish-Corporal, Spiritual, and of Justice. Let us celebrate this joyous Solemnity as we continue living vibrantly and faithfully this wondrous Season of Christmas!

Jubilant Christmas Season!

- fr. Chris, O.P.