HAPPY AND BLESSED NEW YEAR!  “My God bless us in His mercy” is our response this weekend and hopefully it is a prayer on our lips throughout the New Year. Perhaps “blessing” is the best word to capture our liturgy of the Word this feast of the Solemnity of Mary, as we celebrate Mary being the Mother of God, that is, the Son of God who comes to us as one of us in the fullness of time. Like Abraham, Mary was blest to be a blessing and she brings forth the source of all blessings, God Himself. Because of her “yes” we are blest to become children of God, able to cry out “Abba, Father” in the Spirit given to each of us. The shepherds were blest and “made know the message that had been told them about this child” and we are to do the same, tell others about Jesus. Let’s encourage one another to speak of Jesus to someone each week this New Year. We can do it with the blessing of Moses: “The Lord bless you and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! “You are blest! Be a blessing! Love ya, Fr. Dan