The weekday readings can sometimes seem a little ‘bread and butter’ compared to the liturgical feast of Sunday. That said, the sustained nourishment, the ‘daily bread’ of the weekday mysteries connotes the Manna that sustained the Israelites on their journey through the desert. These readings are from the Ordo for the Archdiocese of Westminster. Anthony Towey is the Director of the Aquinas Centre and, Tarcisius Mukuka is a lecturer in the School of Education, Theology and Leadership at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.
Weekdays in January and February 2015 – Anthony Towey
Thursday 1 January
Mary the Mother of God
The readings today at the start of a new year help to emphasize the revolutionary role Mary plays in redemption. It was the loving gaze of God upon Mary that brought about the birth of the Son of Love, Jesus. Paul says this took place ‘at the appointed time’ and he notes that it took place ‘under the Law.’ We see this verified in the Gospel where Mary and Joseph take care to have Jesus circumcised as prescribed by the Torah.