Tuesday 8th September – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
CELEBRATE OUR MOTHER
Micah 5: 2-4
The key is a small piece of intricately cut metal. If seen just as a piece of cut metal; it is apparently worthless, but by its special design; it provides access even to the most beautiful cars and houses. As simple as it appears, the value of the key becomes the price of the car since only the car owner holds its key. A car might be right in front of you, but till you find its key; you might just have to keep walking. Mary has a similar but greater role in our salvation story.
As prophesied by Micah; the coming of Mary and the birth of Christ marks the return of ‘God in our midst’ a savior of the world. Mary opened the door of salvation in Christ Jesus to the world and the lights the path for the return of the lost world to God’s love. In God’s plan for salvation, he chose a lowly maid in His infinite wisdom to become a major character in our salvation story.
Today, as we celebrate the birth of Mary; let us thank God for the gift of His mother to us and ask our Blessed Mother to form us more and more into her son, Jesus Christ and help us to live out God’s divine will for our lives.
PRAYER: Dear Mother of God, lead me to your Son; the source of my salvation. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: YOUCAT 84 – Was Mary only an instrument of God?
When the angel told her that she would bear “the Son of God”, Mary replied, “Let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). The redemption of mankind by Jesus Christ thus begins with a request by God and the free consent of a human being and a pregnancy before Mary was married to Joseph. By such an unusual path Mary became for us the “Gate of Salvation”.
HIDE A TREASURE: “He will transfigure our lowly body, making it like his own body, radiant in Glory, through the power which is his to submit everything to himself.” Philippians 3: 21 RSV-CE
Today’s readings: Micah 5: 1-4; Psalm 13: 5-6; Matthew 1: 1-16.18-23