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January 1st (8th Day after Christmas): Mary, Mother of God

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Gospel text (Lk 2,16-21): The shepherds came hurriedly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby lying in the manger. The shepherds came hurriedly and found Mary and Joseph with the baby lying in the manger. On seeing this they related what they had been told about the child, and all were astonished on hearing the shepherds. As for Mary, she treasured all these messages and continually pondered over them. The shepherds then returned giving glory and praise to God for all they had heard and seen, just as the angels had told them. On the eighth day the circumcision of the baby had to be performed; he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we go along with the shepherds. An angel, at night, while they were working, gave them the great news: in Bethlehem the Savior is born! But, how can they find Him? The angel told them: «this will be a sign to you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger». What a surprise! God, our Savior, staying in a barn. But they believed and went there...

- The shepherds were not important people in their society. But Mary listens to them with tenderness... They went back very happy. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, always welcome us.

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