PARAÑAQUE City, Jan. 3, 2016 – A Catholic priest on Friday exhorted parishioners of St. Andrew’s Cathedral in La Huerta Parañaque to emulate the Blessed Mother and to pray for the kind of peace she exemplified especially in the new year.
“And so my brothers and sisters, as we reflect the great virtue that Mary held in her whole being we ask that the Lord grant us the same grace to follow the example of Mary. In this New Year of new trials, new difficulties, may we be blessed with the peace that can only come from God through Mary who exemplified it in her life,” said Fr. Gerardo Maria D. de Villa, OSB.
The priest delivered his homily on the first day of 2016 which coincided with the celebration of the Solemnity of the Mother of God.
Expounding on the Gospel reading of the day (Lk 2:16-21), the Benedictine reminded the faithful of the things Mary pondered in her heart from which heavenly peace comes.
“In today’s Gospel, we hear that Mary pondered all of these things, reflecting on them in her heart. It is from her heart that peace comes, the peace that the world does not give. But rather the peace that comes from heaven,” he explained.
New Year of Peace
According to him, it is fitting that the New Year opened with a day dedicated to Mary, given that hers is the same peace that sustained Jesus amid difficulties, trials, hardships, and the pains He had to endure to save mankind from death.
The priest called her “the mother of Jesus Christ the Messiah, Our Lord, One from whom all were raised.”
De Villa pointed out that in honoring Mary Catholics worship Jesus Christ, the Messiah whom she gave birth to in keeping with the Old Testament prophecies.
“And all this happening in the midst of a lot of commotion in the life of Mary and Joseph, And yet in spite of the commotion in the life of Mary and Joseph we know that this would not have borne fruit to the peace that Mary exemplified by her life,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)