Cycle B

Good News B5a

New Year’s Day

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God


Luke 2:16-21 New American Bible

Luke 2:16-21 New International Version

Luke 2:16-21 Contemporary English Version


Mary was amazed by what the shepherds had told them.


The Shepherds told Mary and Joseph that angels had appeared to them. These angels had said a savior had been born for them. The angels told them that he would be found lying in a manger and wrapped in swaddling clothes. Mary thought about what the shepherds told her and what the Angel Gabriel had told her before Jesus was conceived in her womb.

Have you ever known something wonderful was going to happen?  Then when it does it fills you with such awe that you can hardly believe it happened. I am sure that this is how Mary felt the day Jesus was born. Mary did not know what it would mean being the Mother to a Savior. She was probably wondering if she would be a good Mother. She was wondering why God had chosen her. She thought about how kind Joseph was to stand by her and take care of her. She knew he would be a good father to their new baby.

When a Mother finds out her child has done really well, she is greatly pleased in her heart. Think of all the good things you carry in your heart. Good news…the good things you have done for other people, the way the girl next door helped you with your homework, the toy that your boy up the street gave you. Imagine God himself telling you not to be afraid. That he will be with you every step of your life. Even when you make a mistake, he will be there to help pick you up and he will even carry you if you are too weak to walk yourself. You are a bearer of good news as Mary was the bearer of Good News for all mankind.

 Say the “Our Father” and ask God to fill your heart with good news for everyone that you meet.


“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.”



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