God has a new beginning ready for each of us.  He greatly desires to pour out His Spirit on us without measure.  The problem is that we have no capacity to receive so great a Gift.  But, wait a minute!  The first day of 2015, like the first day of every year was the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God.  She is the one human person who does have the capacity to receive the Spirit without limit. (cf. Luke 1:35)  And she is our Mother!  (cf. John 19:27)  If we want to take possession of the blessing and the new beginning that Our Father has ready for us, we need first to let our Heavenly Mother take possession of us!

How can we do this?  It is really very simple, like love itself.  We need to surrender our own misguided ideas of how to become holy, how to run our lives, how to run the world, etc.  Then we take out our rosaries, and sit down to speak with our Mother Mary about Her Son Jesus and about all of our problems and concerns.  Then we listen with our heart to her concerns.  Reading the Word of God every day will help us to be able to understand the Rosary’s magnetic power to draw us through Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart into the Heart of the Father.  We will then be able to receive the blessing the Father so desires to impart to us.  As Pope Francis explained this in his sermon on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, “In her the blessing finds fulfilment, for no other creature has ever seen God’s face shine upon it as did Mary. She gave a human face to the eternal Word, so that all of us can contemplate him.” (http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/homilies/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150101_omelia-giornata-mondiale-pace.html).

We were all “created in Christ Jesus in good works which God has made ready beforehand that we may walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).  Let’s start today with the help of our Mother Mary to take the first steps into the new beginning He has planned for us from all eternity.  At Cana, Jesus changed six jars of water, each holding two or three measures (equivalent to 15-25 gallons) into delicious wine (John 2:1-12).  In the chapter of St. John’s Gospel following the miracle at Cana we read, “Not by measure does God give the Spirit” (John 3:35).  In our Mother Mary, who is continually overshadowed by the Holy Spirit in order to bring forth Christ for us all, we do have the capacity to receive the new wine God desires to pour out on us without measure!

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