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dc.contributor.authorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-09T18:12:01Z
dc.date.available2014-06-09T18:12:01Z
dc.date.issued2007-01-01en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 18en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10504/50999
dc.description.abstractWe begin today the new year we call 2007 and traditionally we have added "A.D." after the numerical identifier. When in 1963 I visited the Pergamon museum in what was then East Berlin, it struck me that all ancient numerical dates were followed by "vuZ" (vor unserer Zeitrechnung, "before our way of counting time"). The suffix was politically correct in a professedly atheistic state, but it did not change the fact that "our way of counting time" was determined by a very specific event, by what Paul in today's second reading refers to as "the fullness of time". Whether we attempt to be politically correct by using "vuZ" or today "CE" (common era), the number still points to that event.||Although there is nothing that would mark January 1st as an astronomically new phase, as would have been the case if the year started at the winter solstice, our conventionally singling out this day as the beginning of a new year offers us a twofold opportunity to benefit from its occurrence. First an opportunity to look back on the year just completed, in order to gain faith perspective on what transpired in our lives during that time span: to thank God for our good experiences of the past year and also to recognize mistakes and to pray for help in learning from them (as long as our mistakes are not a repetition of the same one, they are not wasted). But also an opportunity to look ahead in faith projection with a sense of hope, not with the wishful pseudo-hope that painful things will not happen to us, but with the assured trust that, even if they do happen, God will be with us to give us strength to keep on journeying through those dark-valley experiences.|In celebrating today the Maternity of Mary, the gospel reading tells us that "Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart..." without necessarily understanding them, a statement echoed later after Simeon's prophecy [Lk. 2:33] and after the child is found in the temple "busy in my Father's house" [Lk. 2:50]. It was this repeated pondering without understanding that prepared her to stand at the foot of the cross without understanding -how could a mother understand that?-, yet fully trusting. I believe that in her pondering Mary was searching in her heart for meaning, for how developments might fit in her rapport to God, rather than searching in her mind for understanding, for an explanation of why developments took place. Openness to God's ways and to God's presence in our lives will not necessarily lead us to understanding, but it should gradually lead us to not needing to understand as a pre-condition for trusting.en_US
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dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.relation.urihttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/65082
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.subject.otherSolemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, January 1, 2007: The Octave Day of Christmas, Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.en_US
dc.typeEssay
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.date.day1en_US
dc.date.year2007en_US
dc.date.monthJanuaryen_US
dc.program.unitCreighton University Medical Centeren_US
dc.program.unitChaplainen_US
dc.program.unitJesuit Communityen_US
dc.url.link1http://onlineministries.creighton.edu/CollaborativeMinistry/daily.htmlen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorRodriguez, Luis, S.J.en_US
dc.date.daynameMondayen_US
dc.date.seasonChristmasen_US
dc.date.weekOctave of Christmasen_US
dc.relation.nexthttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/51011
dc.relation.previoushttps://dspace.creighton.edu/xmlui/handle/10504/54059
dc.subject.local1Numbers 6:22-27en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8en_US
dc.subject.local3Galatians 4:4-7en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 2:16-21en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
dc.date.cycleYear Cen_US


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