65101Jefferson City, MO 65101
St. Peter Catholic Church Jefferson City, MO 65101St. Peter Catholic Church
Reflection on Sunday Readings

Youth and Young Adults
Spiritual Life and Worship Commission
Social Concerns
Religious Education and Formation

Parish Forms
Bulletin and Announcement Guidelines
Ministry Scheduler
Year of Mercy
Post-Abortion Counseling
St. Peter School
Safe Environment for Children
Fun Page
Christ Renews His Parish
Photo Gallery
St. Peter Parish Foundation
Coming Home
St. Vincent de Paul Conference

Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st

January 1, Mary, Mother of God:

Readings: Numbers 6:22-27, Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8, Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2: 16-21

We have heard some very challenging passages this past week, especially on the Feast of the Holy Family (Colossians 3: 18-21, which concluded the second reading of that day). If not properly understood, these passages can be quite dangerous to the family, because they seem, on a superficial level, to support the subjugation of women and children to male domination. In their document, When I Call for Help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women, the Bishops of the United States wrote, “As bishops, we condemn the use of the Bible to support abusive behavior in any form. A correct reading of Scripture leads people to an understanding of the equal dignity of men and women and to relationships based on mutuality and love.”
Today, we celebrate the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. This is, above all, a feast of the celebration of the particular gifts of femininity, of womanhood. Only women can be mothers. The particular gifts of women in the relationships of marriage and family should be honored and celebrated. The notion of authority as dominance or power has no place within the family.
Authority within the family, rather, lies in the particular gifts of each member. The husband and father has particular gifts that are his, and his alone, and they should be respected. The wife and mother has particular gifts that hers, and hers alone, and they should be respected with equal dignity and reverence. The children within the family each contribute, in as much as they are capable, to the good of the family with gifts that are particularly theirs, and their gifts should be shown proper respect.
As a response to the degradation of women, which has been past experience in the practice of the Church, the Church holds up in her teaching Mary, wife and mother, in honor, love and reverence.

As we reflect on the readings for our celebration of Mary, Mother of God, what can we do, by some real action, to show love and respect for our mothers, wives, and sisters this week? How can we deepen our respect for the gifts that the women in our families offer?

    List of all Reflections:

    09/24/201426th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    09/23/201425th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    02/11/2014Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/29/2014Presentation of the Lord
    01/22/2014Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/15/2014Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/09/2014The Baptism of the Lord
    12/11/2013Third Sunday in Advent
    10/30/2013October 6, 2013
    10/23/2013October 27, 2013
    10/16/2013October 20, 2013
    10/09/2013October 13, 2013
    09/23/2013September 29, 2013
    08/21/2013August 25, 2013 - 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/31/2012November 4, 2012 - Thirty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/24/2012October 28, 2012-Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/17/2012October 21, 2012-Twenty Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    02/29/2012Second Sunday of Lent
    01/18/2012Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
    08/24/2010August 29th
    08/17/2010August 22, 2010
    08/12/2010Assumption of Mary
    05/25/2009Pentecost The Birthday of the Church
    05/29/2008Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/16/200629th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    10/13/200628th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    06/28/2006Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    01/23/2006January 29th, 2006
    01/16/2006January 22nd, 2006
    01/09/2006January 15th, 2006
    12/28/2005New Years Day
    11/21/2005First Sunday of Advent
    11/14/2005Solemnity of Christ the King
    11/09/2005November 13, 2005
    09/27/2005October 2, 2005
    09/19/2005September 25, 2005
    09/13/2005September 18, 2005
    09/05/2005September 11, 2005
    08/31/2005September 4, 2005
    07/11/2005July 17, 2005
    07/07/2005July 10, 2005
    07/06/2005July 3, 2005
    06/21/2005June 26, 2005
    06/14/2005June 19th, 2005
    05/23/2005Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
    05/16/2005Holy Trinity Sunday
    05/05/2005May 8, 2005
    04/26/2005May 1st, 2005
    04/18/2005Fifth Sunday of Easter
    04/11/2005Fourth Sunday of Easter
    04/06/2005Divine Mercy Sunday
    04/05/2005Holy Thursday Homily
    03/25/2005The Passion of John
    03/14/2005PALM SUNDAY
    03/07/2005FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT
    02/28/2005Fourth Sunday of Lent
    02/23/2005Third Sunday of Lent
    02/14/2005Second Sunday of Lent
    02/10/2005First Sunday of Lent
    02/07/2005Ash Wednesday
    01/31/2005Feb. 6, 2005
    01/24/2005January 30th, 2005
    01/17/2005January 23, 2005
    01/10/2005January 16, 2005
    01/05/2005January 9th, 2005
    01/02/2005January 2, 2005
    12/28/2004Mary, Mother of God - Jan. 1st
    12/26/2004Feast of the Holy Family
    12/13/2004Fourth Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 7:10-14. Psalm 24: 1-6. Romans 1:1-7. Matthew 1:18-24.
    12/06/2004Third Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10. Psalm 146:6-10. James 5:7-10. Matthew 11:2-11.
    12/01/2004Second Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10. Psalm 72, 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17. Romans 15:4-9. Matthew 3: 1-12
    11/29/2004First Sunday of Advent Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5. Psalm 122:1-9. Romans 13:11-14. Matthew 24:37-44.
    11/22/2004The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King 2 Samuel 5:1-3, Psalm 122:1-5, Colossians 1:12-20, Luke 23:35-43