December 29, 2021
St. Thomas Becket
‘A Mother to Us’
… and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Luke 2:35

Prophecies from Simeon illumine the strong link between the lives of Jesus and Mary. Here we see the foreshadowing of “the sword” that would be hers to bear as she accompanies Jesus in his sufferings. Even within the joy of the Christmas Octave, Calvary comes into view.

Simeon’s oracles deepen our understanding of Jesus and his mother Mary. The Catechism of the Catholic Church  teaches, “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace” (paragraph 968). In this season of joy, let us remember that we can entrust our hearts’ needs to our powerful mother, Mary, who intercedes whenever threats, trials, or tribulations assail us.

O Mary, queen of all hearts, pray for us.

- Pat Gohn

1 John 2:3-11 • Psalm 96:1-3, 5-6 Luke 2:22-35

Comments

Kathryn Mary Archer Respond to comment
December 30, 2021 at 02:19 PM

Dear fellow followers of Christ, thank you for your interesting article today on the steadfastness of Miriam (Mary) earthly mother of YESHUA (Jesus) our God and eternal Mediator. I was enjoying your article up to the point where you make Mary the one in whom our hearts trust and pray to, thereby making her THE SAME AS GOD HIMSELF - Jesus, God The Son- our ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD THE FATHER AND MAN... the holyBible commands us NOT TO WORSHIP OR PRAY TO ANYONE EXCEPT FATHER GOD, USING THE NAME & POWER OF HIS ONLY SON JESUS TO AUTHENTICATE OUR PRAYERS. No human being is eligible to take GOD'S PLACE. IN PRAYING TO MARY AND ENTRUSTING YOUR LIFE INTO HER HANDS AMOUNTS TO THE SIN OF IDOLATRY. Please fellow Christians, please repent of "Mary worship " and TURN TO JESUS, OUR ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN GOD AND MANKIND. GOD bless you all @Living Faith, in JESUS'S LOVING ALL-POWERFUL NAME, "NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES"...

December 29, 2021 at 04:42 PM

We know the routine for those of us with children. Mine have given me great grandchildren. When they were first born, and you take them out. You get the "oohs & ahhs" from everyone. What we didn't get is the predictions right from the start of what they will become and what they will accomplish. I only know of two, John the Baptist and Jesus.

December 29, 2021 at 12:01 PM

Amen.

December 29, 2021 at 11:30 AM

Amen.

December 29, 2021 at 11:02 AM

Praise and thanksgiving to God today and always. Thank you Mother Mary for your continued intercessions. LF family I again wanted to thank you for all your prayers for my son. The bone marrow biopsy showed the results the doctors wanted. Next up finding the best match for the bone marrow transplant. Thanksgiving also for all the blood donors, bone marrow donors and organ donors. Bless them today and always.

Jane
December 30, 2021 at 08:23 AM

Continued prayers here CC for the strength, courage and healing during the process.

Katj
December 30, 2021 at 08:13 AM

CC- Continued prayers for your son that the doctors find a successful match and that he makes a smooth recovery. God bless!

December 29, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord Jesus Christ for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all, for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord Jesus Christ have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen Holy Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, we ask that you release your warrior angels and heavenly hosts. We decry and declare that they would take us off the enemies' radar and scramble the enemies' frequencies (airwaves). our Kingdom must come now. Your will must be done right now, as in the heavens also on earth. Amen Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Hosts - by the power of God - Cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits, w ho prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

December 29, 2021 at 09:32 AM

Our friend and Priest in Russia, told me this sweet little prayer…”Jesus mercy; Mary pray”! And, I always add - please.

December 29, 2021 at 08:33 AM

Jane and Azmom you guys are right on Mary's love for us is neverending. I have been ending my Hail Mary's with the plea "mother ask your son to help my sons " Please keep praying for the souls in purgatory and the essential workers and their families . Ken

December 29, 2021 at 07:55 AM

Pat, thanks for helping us to make present the mystery and beauty that is Mary. So many of us have offered prayers during this holiday season for those suffering: anxiety, spinal issues, loneliness, separation from loved ones, first responders, tragedy, stress, COVID related issues, sadness, first responders, medical workers, souls in purgatory, those who have no one to pray for them or care for them, the forgotten…Mary, please tell Jesus he is needed and ensure that those who need to “Do whatever he tells you” are listening.

December 29, 2021 at 07:33 AM

I once heard that we should always ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for us because Jesus cannot say “no” to His mother. And she will reply “ Do whatever He tells you.” They work hand in hand to help us get to Heaven.

Jane
December 29, 2021 at 07:46 AM

AZmom…I love this reminder. Just like at the wedding feast. Mary’s intercession to Jesus was, “We have no wine.” Then she told them to “Do whatever he tells you.”

December 29, 2021 at 07:20 AM

Amen. My mother, my confidence! Prayers for all.

December 29, 2021 at 06:40 AM

Amen

December 29, 2021 at 05:36 AM

Amen

Alyssa Peacock Respond to comment
December 29, 2021 at 05:31 AM

Hail Holy Queen

December 29, 2021 at 04:55 AM

Mary mother of God , our Mother , My Mother ,,pray for us. Be our health and protection.

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