Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Today's Readings

Happy New Year to all my readers! May this new year be a more blessed and fruitful one for all of us! Today we Catholics also celebrate the solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God. Here are today's readings:

Luke 2: 16-21
So the shepherds hurried off and located Mary and Joseph, and found the baby lying in a manger. When they saw him, they related what they had been told about this child, and all who heard it were astonished at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured up all these words, pondering in her heart what they might mean. So the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen; everything was just as they had been told.
At the end of eight days, when the baby was circumcised, he was named Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Galatians 4: 4-7
But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God.

Numbers 6: 22-27
The Lord spoke to Moses: “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is the way you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
“The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.”’
So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”