It’s the beginning of a new year, and as we begin the Bible we read of God’s creative work. It teams with newness; of purpose. Let us be mindful that God has a purpose for us too, and we in turn can choose to walk with Him day by day in His word. May it guide us closer in relationship with the Almighty, that like Mary, the Mother of God (whose feast we celebrate today) we too may respond whole heartedly to the Word of God. As we begin today, let us ask through Mary’s intercession to help us to be faithful, and respond, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your Word.” Amen.