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As we continue the Christmas season with this second Sunday of Christmas, we focus particularly on the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. If we like the shepherds seek out the Christ child, we always find Him with Mary His mother, and with Saint Joseph. Mary held this child, and looked into His eyes again and again for thirty three years. She was the first to experience the fulfillment of the words we heard in the first reading and the psalm: “The Lord let His face shine upon you.” Indeed, in Jesus, the Lord has “looked kindly upon” Mary and upon all of us, giving us His peace. This is precisely what we experience during the Christmas season: God’s face shining upon us. In fact, this mystery is ours throughout the whole year, for in the sacraments of the Church, especially regular Confession and the Eucharist in the Mass each week, we encounter the face of Christ looking kindly upon us.