Learn more about Mary, Mother of God: http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/mary-mother-of-god
Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/010117.cfm
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
When eight days were completed for his circumcision, he was named Jesus, the name given him by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Jesus’ first visitors were the lowly, shepherds. They were distrusted and considered the lowest class of people, yet God chose them to be the first to hear of the birth of Christ. He came for the sinners and outcasts, not the kings and high priests. He came for you and me. He came so that we would know that He loves us in our simplicity and our humility. You do not need to be a perfect person or a king or someone the world would recognize. You just need to gaze on the child in the manager with humility and love and give Him your heart. Take this beautiful opportunity to me home to the Lord. Come home and let His Mother lead you to Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you sent us your Son, born of woman so we would know the joy of your love. Mary His mother is our mother too. She loves and guides us to the Father, just as she guided her infant Son. Through her I give you praise, honor and glory, Amen!
May God bless us in his mercy.