Written by: Kathleen Dunn
Today we celebrate New Year’s Day! And we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God. Two major events occurring on the same day: one in our secular life, and one in the life of the Church. I’ve always felt it strange that the Solemnity of the Mother of God would be on New Year’s Day, since New Year’s is already such a big day. To be honest, I haven’t been as intentional in celebrating Our Lady’s Solemnity as I should, as New Year’s events and late night recovery tend to leave the spiritual celebration as a second thought. Wouldn’t it be better to celebrate the Solemnity of the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church and the Mother of our lives on a day other than the first day of the year?
Asking this question, and immediately eating my words, I realize that the Wisdom of the Church strikes again. What better day could we celebrate the Queen of the Universe than on the first day of a new year? Next to Christ, Our Blessed Mother is the most important human person in our lives. Her central role and deepest desire is to lead us all closer to her Son. When we start anew each year, making resolutions to better our lives, the Church’s celebration of Mary reminds us to recommit ourselves to her loving care and to be thankful for her presence and protection.
In recommitting our lives to her, we can also look to her life as an inspiration for our New Years’ resolutions. Just like Mary, we must dedicate our lives to serving Him, being attentive to Him, obediently following His plan and humbly pondering His mysterious ways. We can do this by performing our daily tasks in love of our Lord rather than in lifeless duty; by scheduling more time to listen to our Lord in prayer; by reading Scripture in effort to understand the wisdom of God; by admiring Christ in each other in order to love them more purely; and by boldly following His call in our lives that we may be tempted to ignore.
Though there are many different devotions we can involve ourselves in in the life of the Church that bring us to holiness, devotion to Mary is one that cannot be overlooked. If you do not already have a close relationship with Our Lady, this is the day to begin to let her into your life! If you already do have a special devotion to her, renew and intensify your devotion this day and every day this year. Let us make this year a turning point in our spiritual lives as we take the open hand of Our Lady, the Mother of God, who will lead us to our home in the heart of her Son.
Recommended from Catholic Chapter House:
Get to know Mary better and she will lead you to a more intimate relationship with her Son. Browse our Marian book and DVD section. Also, download some MP3s. Need a rosary for yourself or a friend? Visit our Rosary section.Catholic Living, Jesus, Mary, by Catholic Chapter House.