Sunday, January 1, 2017

Looking Ahead

Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor
By Father Perry D. Leiker, pastor 

Quote of the Week: “The three most important virtues are humility, humility, and humility.” — St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

Four celebrations are wrapped into one today.

Formerly, today’s feast was called “The Octave of Christmas.” It was also known as the Feast of the Circumcision, since on the eighth day after Jesus’ birth he was circumcised according to Jewish custom and law.

Since 1967, this has been designated the World Day for Peace. What day could be better than the first day of the new year to pray and yearn for peace throughout the world, just after celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace?

But, finally, the church focuses most keenly on Mary, with this being one of the most important of her feast days, since it so clearly gives her the title that was bestowed upon her by God.

Mary was called by God to be the mother of God by her invitation to birth the Christ.

Every time we pray the Hail Mary, we say the words: “Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.”

We esteem and honor Mary for the singular privilege given to her by the call to bring God in the person of Jesus into the world in the Feast of Incarnation — Christmas.

This feast is the reason she has such a place of honor in our lives as Christians. Honored so divinely by God, she is super humanly honored by us.

Father Perry D. Leiker is pastor of St. Bernard Church. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112; email perry.leiker@gmail.com. Follow Father Perry on Twitter: @MrDeano76.

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