I’m certain that there aren’t many people that will be sad to see the year 2020 come to an end. This has been a challenging year in many ways for all of us. We pray that the coming year will be a much brighter one for us. Though we would like to leave 2020 behind, let us not forget to recognize the ways in which Jesus has shown us his presence, even in the midst of our trials. Let us not forget that, as he went to his suffering and death, Jesus has shown us that he is in control, even when everything seems to us to be out of control.
And let us look forward, not with naive eyes, thinking that everything is going to be fine after the turn of the year. Let us look, rather with the eyes of reality, that difficult days still await us, but also with the eyes of faith, trusting that Jesus will see us through the days ahead. It is
providential that we begin the year with the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Let us remember that the Mother of God is our mother, too and desires for us to seek her intercession. A wonderful prayer to make our own as we begin this year is the Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.