In the Solemnity of the Mary, Mother of God, we look back at the past year, recognizing that times we have faith and we look at the future with a firmer resolve to do better. We implore the blessed Mother and look at the future with renewed hearts.
I shall dwell for this year on "blessings", "May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord let his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord uncover his face to you and give you peace." (Numbers 6:22-27)
A blessing is a very consoling word. A Christmas song even reveals it, "Count your blessings instead of sheep."
Another business author even stresses, "You have more than what you think you have." Those are blessings!
Focus on blessings and we shall encounter face-to-face the author of blessings - the almighty God!
Three resolutions that go with blessings - thankfulness, humility, and commitment to salvation.
For every gift bestowed upon us, bless the Lord; be thankful. Always be thankful.
For the approval of favor, "I give you my blessings", our reaction is one of humility.
For causing the overall well-being of things, recall Jesus himself who is our greatest gift, our response is a deeper commitment to the work of salvation.
Contemplate on Mary, the vessel of all blessings. She pondered all these things in her heart. We can ponder as well and start moving to a better life as Christians!