Jan 1, 2015 (Numbers 6:22-27)

In the First Reading for the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, there is the words of blessing given to Aaron. This reminds me of a story.

A Jewish archeologist by the name of Gabriel Barcay (Gabby to his friends) found some artifacts that he was able to date back to around 600 years before the birth of Christ. Among the findings was a small metal cylinder on a chain. Inside was a parchment with writing on it. The cylinder probably hung around the neck of a little child. Tears came to Gabby’s eyes as he unrolled and translated it: “May the Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord let His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord kindly upon you and give you His peace.” It was the same prayer Gabby’s parents taught him as a little child, and, probably, the same prayer that Mary and Joseph taught the child, Jesus. It is the same wish I have for all of you as we begin 2015!

Today, marks the 700th blog since I started doing these between Christmas and New Years in 2012. I want to thank all of you who have been following it for your dedication to it.

Happy New Year!

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