As the rest of the world is waking up from the celebration of the end of the old year and the beginning of a new year, we Catholics are waking up to the ever present reality of the newness of life in Christ Jesus.

It is no mistake nor random decision that the Solemnity of the Mother of God should be celebrated at the beginning of the calandar year.  From the moment Mary became the mother of Jesus the nature of reality changed.

It was more than the much touted paradigm shifts we read about today.  It is more enduring than the techology that changes the way we function in the world.  It is more earth altering than an earthquake, tsunami or war.

A basic reality has changed.  God is now visible.  Salvation is now possible.  We are never again alone.

Jesus, who is True God and True Man is in our midst for all eternity.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.  Amen