Thursday September 8
The joy of Mary’s birth
  • Micah 5:1-4
  • Psalm 13:6ab, 6c
  • Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

Today we celebrate the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, nine months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception. It is also considered as one of the most ancient Marian feasts. Hence, it is a great occasion to ponder on the importance of Mother Mary’s life to all of humanity. The way she lived her life with unwavering faith through most difficult times is the greatest virtue we can learn from her life. Pope Francis, recognizes Mary as an icon of wisdom, strength, courage, and joyful hope. Through Mary’s unconditional “yes” to God, he encourages us to say “yes” to God’s calling today. Mother Mary was unique in human history. She was blessed among women. Saint Augustine in his writings, connects Mother Mary’s birth with Jesus’ saving work, it is an occasion to be rejoiced, “She is the flower of the field from whom bloomed the precious lily of the valley. Through her birth the nature inherited from our first parents is changed.” If Jesus has brought the fullness of salvation, Mary is its dawning.

Prayer: Abba Father, help us to adhere to your plan and give us the strength to obey your calling. Amen.

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