READINGS for 2009-09-08

Didache | Companion | Sabbath



Feast of the Nativity of the  Blessed Virgin Mary
When his mother Mary… – Matthew 1:18
You could say that our marriage was arranged by Mary. I believe in this saying: “Have a devotion to Mary, Help of  hristians, and you will see what miracles are.”
Three times, Gina turned me down. I had nothing going for me. I was skinny and dark, not rich and had no smile that could make her heart sing. Definitely not model material or someone you would want to take home to meet the parents.
But I knew in my heart that she would be a great partner for life. I had to ask for help. From someone who had the strongest connection to Him.
I bought a ring rosary that restarted me to the devotion. You know what I prayed for. Slowly, things began to change. Gina and I eventually had what others call a “mutual understanding.” When the right time came, we got married.
The ring is still with me, and I still use it to pray the rosary regularly. It’s now accompanied by a golden band, a symbol of dedication and devotion to our Lady who protects a marriage that she had made possible in the first place. It’s a ring that glorifies her Son.
To Jesus through Mary.Jun Asis
Have I regularly asked Mama Mary to intercede for my needs and prayers?
Mama Mary, please bring my petitions to your Son, Jesus.


We celebrate today the birthday of Mary. Birthdays are always a time when we should remember that without the gift of life from God, we would have nothing to celebrate. It is a time to look back on our lives with gratitude and thank God for His numerous blessings, and for His presence and help in times of difficulty and hardship. As Paul tells us, we should learn to rejoice in the Lord at all times.
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: 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)
Mary is truly both mother of the humanity of Jesus and the Mother of God. One of the early councils of the Church affirmed this fact and since then, and even before, we honor Mary as Mother of God. Jesus became man in order to unite Himself to our humanity so that He could redeem us. Without the “yes” of Mary this would not have been possible. Let us thank God the Father for the gift Mary is to us.
Matthew 1:1-16. 18-23 (or Matthew 1:18-23)
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 Christ. 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: What is Mary’s place in my life?

God’s special verse/thought for me today________________

Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________

the Promises oF god For us

Romans Chapter 8 is the centerpiece of Pauline theology on the nature of Christian life as we should live it. Verses 28-30, an option for the First Reading for today’s Feast, talks about the promises that God made long ago to make us all as it were the eldest of many brothers — that is, we receive the fullness of the inheritance that God has for us. (Under Jewish Law, the eldest son inherited virtually everything and it was his responsibility to provide for his siblings.)
Paul tells us that for those who have faith in God, whatever situations we encounter in life will turn to our good. This may be difficult to believe at times but then God never promised us that life would be easy and simple. There will always be challenges to face and opportunities to exercise our faith. Thus it is important during better times to store up memories of God’s blessings so that they will help us to endure the lean times where His presence and blessings are more difficult to discern.
This is also why God calls us to live in Christian communities with varying levels of commitment — so that we can avail ourselves of the support of each other during difficult times. As we celebrate the birthday of Mary the Mother of Jesus, it is good to be grateful for the gift of her as our mother, too. Jesus gives her to us from the cross so that she can be a comfort and support to us all. Often it is only through her faith and intercession that we are able to endure our trials, just as it was our mothers’ support that helped us through many difficult situations in our childhood.
The greatest gift we can give to Mary on this day is to commit to a more faithful following of the call of Jesus. Let us pray to God for this grace through her intercession. Fr. Steve Tynan, MGL
Reflection Question:
Do I really believe in all the promises that God makes to me in the Scriptures? Am I even aware of all the promises He makes?
Jesus, You came into being in this world through the obedience of Mary, Your Mother. Help me to see her as my mother and help me to open my heart to receive her advice and support.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

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