The Mother of Gifts

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For 1 January 2023, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, based on Luke 2:16-21

The shepherds went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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I was born in Glasgow in 1957. In November 2016, I moved from St Columba's Glasgow to St Michael's priory, Cambridge, which is the novitiate of the Province of England.