READINGS for 2008-09-08

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28
Working for the TV and radio projects of Bo Sanchez is demanding work. Not only because of the deadlines and night hours, but because of lack of funds. TV is an expensive ministry and we need funds to purchase the equipment we need.
But through these months, we have survived, and we have “arrived.” We’ve survived because despite the slow work, the TV show has had its raves (and criticisms too!). The radio program has its own fan base, and the daily internet show is getting a lot of viewers. And it’s still going up!
There are hundreds of letters and fan mails for Bo filled with comments about how the shows have been blessing them. In spite of our cramped working area, slow infusion of funds, and some-high-some-low-tech machines, everything has worked out for good because we love Him. He called us according to His purpose. Chelle Crisanto
God uses us despite our shortcomings.
Lord, I surrender all my concerns into Your hands. I trust that You’ll turn all things unto good.


Once again we celebrate the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are many feast days for her in the Church’s calendar because there is no better example of discipleship the Church can present to its members than the life of Mary. Mary was chosen by God to be the Mother of Jesus – yet she also had to choose to be chosen. That is, she had to choose to surrender her life to the will of God. It is here that she is the preeminent disciple, as she is a disciple of Jesus even before He is born into the world.
Micah 5:1-4a (or Romans 8:28-30)
1 The LORD says: You, Bethlehem-ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. 2 (Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne, and the rest of his brethren shall return to the children of Israel.) 3 He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the LORD, in the majestic name of the LORD, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; 4 he shall be peace.
Psalm 13:6ab, 6c
R: (Isaiah 61:10) With delight I rejoice in the Lord. 5 [6] Though I trusted in your mercy. Let my heart rejoice in your salvation. (R) Let me sing of the LORD, “He has been good to me.” (R)
The Church’s remembrance of events in Mary’s life is always a celebration of God’s grace and goodness for all people. Mary’s “Yes” has universal significance as it heralded the Incarnation. Without it, God would have had to find another way to bring about our salvation. With it, the work of salvation proper was initiated. Hope for the destiny of the human race was reborn in the response of Mary to the request of God.
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23
1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. 3 Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, 4 Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, 6 Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. 7 Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. 8 Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. 9 Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. 10 Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. 11 Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile. 12 After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, 13 Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, 14 Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, 15 Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, 16 Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. 18 Now this is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. 20 Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. 21 She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means “God is with us.”
my reflections
think:There is no better example of discipleship the Church can present to its members than the life of Mary.

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________


haPPy birthday, Mary!
Such indeed is our greeting to her today, on the feast of her nativity. But our joy seems to be dampened a bit because of a rather “monotonous”  Gospel reading of the genealogy of Jesus.
This apparently irrelevant listing of names in Jesus’ ancestry can show us precisely the unique, extraordinary place of Mary in the entire history of salvation. When we consider particularly the social, religious, and cultural contexts of the Israelite nation of Mary’s time, we can even appreciate better her role as mother of Jesus. It was a difficult time for women: the dominance of men over them was taken as a matter of fact. In such a male-dominated society, women were often trapped in roles that did not go much beyond the bearing of and caring for children. Wives were even considered mere properties of their husbands, together with children.
Now imagine the particular choice by God for Mary to play a crucial role in the salvation of mankind as mother of Jesus. It is something we can appreciate on two counts: one, from the fact that Mary was very young when the Annunciation to her by the angel Gabriel took place; second, she was a woman at that! Of course, this second point is obviously logical and required for motherhood. But nevertheless, it was indeed a radical, against-the-grain choice by God. Mary cooperated with God’s Plan — not without difficulty, but nevertheless full of faith and confidence in Him. Her being young and her being a girl didn’t become obstacles at all. Rather, they even became assets, proving that even with the marginalization blatantly opposing God’s plan, He can still use her poverty and lowliness for the salvation of the world.
Truly, in Mary, both the woman and the young regain their dignity, equality, and freedom. Mary, the feminine face of the love of God, is the woman of the new creation, the symbol of liberated personhood, and the clearest manifestation of God’s “utopia,” now being realized in the history of mankind. Fr. Martin Macasaet
Reflection Question:
Do you have obstacles in following God’s plan for your life? Has this discouraged you or pushed you to trust God?
Hail Mary, full of grace…
Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of God, pray for us.

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