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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Heavenly Father, your son our Lord Jesus, came to this world to save us from sin and the control of death. May we always rejoice in HIS salvation and trust in HIS plan for our life, through Infant Jesus we pray. Amen.
Ephesians 6:4: Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
  Today's Readings ... (September 08, 2011)
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
First Reading: Micah 5:1-4a
Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 13:6ab,6c
Gospel: Matthew 1:18-23

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  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Matthew 1:18-23)
Mary in cooperation by her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, becomes the mother of Jesus. Elizabeth inquired, “Why should I be privileged with a visit since the mother of my Lord?” Elizabeth explained Mary as the “mother of our Lord” but our more frequent expression is Mother of God. Do we celebrate in the promises of God and trust in his saving preparation for our life? There is a long esteemed tradition among many Christians of commemorating the birth of Mary, the mother of Jesus our Savior, on this day. Her birth prepared for our deliverance in Jesus Christ. It had never been heard of before that a child could be born with not a natural father. Mary was asked to recognize this miraculous exemption to the laws of nature. That required faith and trust. Second, Mary was not so far married. Pregnancy outside of matrimony was not tolerated in that period. Mary was only espoused to Joseph, and such an engagement had to last for a whole year. She was asked to assume an immense risk. She could have been discarded by Joseph, by her family, by all her own people. Mary knew that Joseph and her family would not understand without revelation from God. She nonetheless believed and trusted in God's promises. Joseph, a just and God-fearing man, believed the message specified to him to take Mary as his wife and agree to the child in her womb since the promised Messiah. Like Mary, Joseph is a replica of faith for us. He is a faithful spectator and servant of God's recounting plan of redemption. Are we willing to trust and obey the Lord as Mother Mary and Joseph did?

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