Homily for the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Theme: New Year Joy
By: Fr. Cyril Akindele Osadare
Readings: Numbers 6:22-27; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21
Every new thing is always received with mixed feelings and reactions. Firstly, with a feel of joy and enthusiasm, for every new thing signifies a fresh start and renewed vigour. However, along with such feeling is feeling of fear for no one knows what it has in stock. Maybe it will turn out to be good and better than the past or it will not be an upgrade is the thoughts that occupy one’s mind. Definitely, this New Year can never be an exception to such rule. By the end of this day, the excitement of the celebration will gradually be getting over and the reality of the New Year shall set in.
We begin our year with the Lord and with her Mother to give us hope that it shall be well with us this year. Hence, our first reading invokes on us a special blessing to give us hope and goodness as we journey through the year. This goodness was the same message the shepherds brought to the manger to Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus. It was a message of peace that the saviour of the world had been born. Indeed, like many of us with a feeling of fear, Mary too never completed understood all happening around her, they all still look like it is a dream. Yes, it is really a dream to be unfolded later gradually as the child grows to save the world to make all of us whole and happy.
My dear friends, the year has begun to be unravelled gradually. Each day of this year is filled with blessings and goodness that we must unravel. The baby was found in just a manger in the company of animals. The ordinary things matter. It is like the rap of moimoi, gradually we shall be removing its leaves. But one thing is sure, we are being led by the one who knows the road very well. We too must have the attitude of Mary to submit to his holy will to lead us this year, not to fear any kind of recession this year, not to panic. He loves us, he smiles on us ready to support us, he blesses us, and he blessed the shepherds and will bless us as well. May this Year bring us every good gift from above. Amen. Happy New Year.