When the appointed time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born a subject of the Law, to redeem the subjects of the Law and to enable us to be adopted as sons. The proof that you are sons is that God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts: the Spirit that cries, ‘Abba, Father’, and it is this that makes you a son, you are not a slave any more; and if God has made you son, then he has made you heir.
Sunday was the feast of Mary, Mother of God and the Octave Day of Christmas. It was also the first day of the secular year, and a Day of prayer for peace.
Although again and again the Bible tells stories of families riven by tensions of all sorts, it is to ‘family’ that the Bible again and again has recourse in trying to describe how we might live God’s blessing and our salvation. Paul, here; Jesus in his characterisitic use of ‘Abba’, ‘ Father’ to speak of God.
And subsequently hte use of Mary as Mother of God and Mother of Church extends that usage.
- At the begining of this New Year, invoke our Lady’s prayer and protection for you and all of God’s family.
Alma Redemptóris Mater, quæ pérvia cæli
Porta manes, et stella maris, succúrre cadénti,
Súrgere qui curat pópulo: tu quæ genuísti,
Natúra miránte, tuum sanctum Genitórem
Virgo prius ac postérius, Gabriélis ab ore
Sumens illud Ave, peccatórum miserére.
Loving mother of the Redeemer,
gate of heaven, star of the sea,
assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again,
To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator,
yet remained a virgin after as before,
You who received Gabriel’s joyful greeting,
have pity on us poor sinners
You might like to hear it sung…
Our Lady, Mougins, France. (c) 2006, Allen Morris