January 1, 2012
Dear Cathedral Community,
A Glorious and Blessed New Year
to you and your loved ones!
As we set out on a another calendar year, let us be mindful with hearts filled with gratitude the blessings God has given to us in the 2011, and seek the blessing of His comforting presence throughout the new year of 2012. Let us also be mindful of those for whom this year represents the continuation of disappointments and poverty; those for whom gratitude is a thin, sliver of pale light rather than a wonderful beam of glory.
Liturgically, we begin this new year celebrating the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. What better companion can we have but the one who bore the Savior to the world ? The Byzantine church knows Mary as the theotokos, that is, the God-bearer. It is principle title, and no wonder as she bears her Son, Jesus, to the world that awaits His saving presence. In fact, in Eastern Spirituality, one never sees an icon of Mary without the Child. Her importance is always in reference to Him, and His gift to us, the church, is His Mother, the first of all disciples.
Whatever our skills, whatever our gifts, whatever our burdens we may carry with us in this world, let us above all imitate Mary, the Mother of God, in bearing Christ Jesus to one another. In our word, in our deed, our joy is in reminding one another of the saving grace of Christ’s presence among and within us. Let us not leave one another’s company without leaving a greater awareness of Christ in each of us. Our example is one of the best forms of evangelization.
Maybe this could be a new year’s resolution: to bear Christ to the world. What a great gift!
Next week, we will welcome our Apostolic Administrator, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne. Bishop Coyne will lead us in prayer at the 10:30 AM Sunday liturgy on the great Feast of the Epiphany. Please do not double park your camels!
Sincerely yours in the Lord,