The Pope's Monthly Prayer Intention
Young People and the Example of Mary
That young people, especially in Latin America, follow the example of
Mary and respond to the call of the Lord to communicate the joy of the
Gospel to the world.
The world ushers in a New Year each January, so named after the Latin
word for “door”: we stand on the threshold of another Year of Our Lord.
It is the world’s New Year; as a Church we’ve already celebrated the
new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent, a season in which
we prepared for the coming of the New Man. December is a month of
celebrating something new—a child!—while the world around us sees only
what is old, thinks only about the past year. Now the world looks to the
New Year and we, instead, look to Mary: we thus begin with the great
Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God on January 1st.
Mary guards the threshold of the world’s New Year, she who is hailed
as the “gate of heaven, star of the sea”: she through whom the Son of
God entered into a dying humanity. The world shouts “Happy New Year”
while we say “Hail Mary!” Why? In Advent we prepared for the birth of
Christ, and now we prepare to go out into the world and echo the message
of the angels: “…a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and
Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). We now look to another year of living our faith in
a world that increasingly resists the joy of the Gospel, which says
there is no room for the Son of God. We ask Mary, who emptied herself
that she might contain the living Word of God, to make room in us, that
like her we might bear Christ into the world. Mary bore Christ with her
wherever she went; this year let us do likewise.
Courtesy of Apostleship of Prayer