”I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38
How appropriate that the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on New Year’s Day! Both events signal the chance for a fresh start. Our resolutions—so firmly made—might include losing weight or quitting smoking but we know that while such life-enhancing changes start with a decision they become reality in daily living.
Mary was asked to become the Mother of God and accept everything that would be involved in living that out on a daily basis. Mary’s “yes” signaled a fresh start for the whole human race, enabling the Messiah to be born as one of us. As we think about the fresh starts we’d like to make in the coming year, let’s also reflect on the fresh start we’ve already been given.
Prayer: Loving Father, like Mary, may we also allow Christ to grow within us.
Reflection for Sharing: What fresh start are you longing for? How can Mary’s example encourage you?