Sunday, January 24, 2016

January 2016

 For Our Reflection

Mary Mother of God 

The title “Mary Mother of God” is one that many Christian denominations find difficult to accept. Many question how Mary who was only a human being could possibly be considered the mother of God. It is a controversy that has a long history in the Church. But the Catholic argument in defense of the title is quite simple. Is Mary the mother of Jesus? Yes! Is Jesus God? Yes! Then logically she is the mother of God.  Certainly, even Catholics do not by that believe that as mother of Jesus she gave him his divinity, nor that she is older than Jesus in his divinity. But we believe that Jesus’ is truly God and truly man, that that Mary gave birth not to just to his human nature, but to him as a person with the two natures.

But on this feast we do not celebrate the arguments that have been debated down the ages. We celebrate the greatness of God that has stooped so low to elevate Mary, a creature and fellow human being to such a dignity. We recall the truth of a woman who exclaimed from the crowd after she had heard Jesus speak and seen the wonders he worked: that blessed is the womb that bore you and the breasts that suckled you. Indeed Mary is blessed, and as she herself prophesied, all generations will call her blessed. Even the angel Gabriel said the same of her. She is blessed among all women. But we cannot forget the words that Jesus answered to the woman who praised his mother. More blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it. By that he implied that all of us have the possibility to be elevated to the dignity of his brothers and sisters.

As we begin the New Year and as we celebrate the world day of peace we turn to Mary who is also queen of peace. It is in the listening to the word of God and keeping it that lasting peace comes. We have heard in the gospel account that as the shepherds recounted their story about what they had heard and seen, Mary treasured all these things in her heart. In fact she treasured everything that was ever said of her Son. She is the perfect example of those who hear the word of God, who in silence and in meditation treasure it in their hearts. And who know that peace that the world cannot give through living by that word. 

Hirosaki Christmas Celebration 

Thank you for the gathering in Aomori

Hachinohe Catholic Church Christmas Celebration

Christmas Celebration in Mizusawa Catholic Church

Iwaki Taira Catholic Church Christmas Celebration

Sendai Motodera Christmas Celebration

Thank you all for attending our Phil Com. christmas party hindi ko na mentioned all the names .
End of year Gathering, It was such a pleasure to enjoyed good yummy foods prepared by all of you and a performances by Luisa, Ai Chan ,Mr Kei Kazu Hazel, Mj and Mai and Ms. Ginafe our emcee.Sa lahat ng tumulong officers and members Maraming maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat😘😘 We hope you have fun and safe holiday seasons wherever you are and we look forward to seeing you all again next christmas party.  Lara

Ishinomaki Catholic Church Christmas Event

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