New Year 2018

The Virgin Mary (statue)

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the Octave Day of Christmas and the first day of the secular New Year. One year passes into another; the Incarnation marks the passage of the Creator into his creation, the intersection of eternity and time; and Mary stands as a hinge between the Old and New Covenants, making possible the fulfilment of the one and ushering in the promise of the other in the person of her Son, Jesus Christ. We look back, and we look forward, like the old pagan god Janus, after whom this month is named.

Inevitably, as we reflect on both past and future, there is often a strange disquiet, an underlying guilt about wasted opportunities in the past and a vague anxiety about what is to come in the future There is, however, no point in trying to live in the past or the future: all we have is now, which is why the present moment is so important. It is now that our salvation is being worked out; now that we meet God. Today is therefore a day of great hope, no matter how we feel or don’t feel. Its possibilities are, quite literally, infinite. The prayer of the community for our readers is one with that of the liturgy:

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace.

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8 thoughts on “New Year 2018”

  1. Thank you for a thoughtful post. And Mary as the Link between the Old and New is something to ponder on, just as she did at the Annunciation and after the Shepherds worshiped Jesus at Bethlehem and even later at the Presentation of Our Lord at the Temple in Jerusalem.

    Perhaps the theme for 2018 might involve more pondering on God’s will for us all, seeking peace and unity for all peoples, which would help to bring God’s Kingdom closer than ever.

    Happy and a Holy and Peaceful New Year to you and the Community in Hereford and your Oblate’s and followers.

  2. God bless you, Sister Catherine. May the Lord bring you relief and comfort from the pain and nausea associated with your treatment and may He ensure that the treatment is successful in this New Year. May His grace, peace and love be with you now and evermore xx.

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