In a moment during the remaining days of last year, one of my teammates told me that he feels “2015 is a good one”. I couldn’t agree more that despite the challenges and problems that came with it, 2015 was generally better than the years prior. While it wasn’t that spectacular though, it’s worth more cherishing and remembering. Trials and challenges were around but God was/is constantly faithful and His blessings came in unexpected and in mysterious ways. In fact, if we reflect on all the events in our personal, family and professional lives, we marvel at how the Holy Spirit moved His hands especially in moments when we were on the brink of faltering in our faith. He showed us the way and patiently moved our hearts back to the Lord. These experiences are telling us that we should be faithful all the more, hold on to Him, cling if the term is more appropriate and compelling.
Certainly, the Blessed Mother Mary journeyed with us, and will continue to be trekking with us this year and beyond. Just like in the Gospel wherein she bore all the difficulties with Jesus and Joseph, followed all the instructions of the angel, and “treasured all these things in her heart”, she will be patient with our inadequacies and weaknesses. I know that, for I’ve felt her love all the time. Yes, all the time. In handling the challenges of 2015, she is always faithful in revealing her son Jesus’s presence in our lives. That the first day of the year is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God befits the respect and title we give to her. By saying she is the Mother of God, we are in fact consistent in saying that Jesus, her Son, is true God and true Man! Disagreeing with her title as “Mother of God” is also tantamount to saying that Jesus her Son is not God. As simple as that.
As we welcome the New Year with renewed hope and vigor, let us bless one another,
“May the Lord bless you and keep you!
May the Lord let His face shine upon you and be gracious to you!
May the Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace.” (Nm. 6: 24-26)