Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 8, A.D. 2005
Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
She will bear a son Jesus and He will save His people from their sins.(see
Today's reading in Micah contains the often repeated promise of "One" who is
to come for the deliverance of Israel. The question is, how will God
accomplish this? God had already given Israel the Law to guide them to
holiness, to become an example to the world of God's loving power. However,
their frequent disobedience of the Law prevailed over their living in the
love upon which God's law is based. The Law alone did little more than
reveal their sins to them; they required a total change of heart.
Psalm 13 defines God's means of effecting the needed change. He would show
His loving mercy by coming to His people in human flesh as the rising "sun
of justice," showing them how to live selflessly and sacrificially in His
truth and love, and providing them with the power needed to live in
obedience to His Law. This promise is fulfilled in the New Testament with
the birth of His Christ.
The feast we celebrate today indicates God's careful preparation for the
coming of His Son into this world. The Blessed Virgin Mary was a spotless
vessel cleansed from original sin from her very conception in her mother's
womb. This is why she is also called the Immaculate Conception; her being
freed from the stain of sin from the first moment of her life made her fit
to bear the Divine Child, Jesus. Hers was the most powerful utterance in
human history when she said "Yes" to God. It is this same word spoken and
lived by us in obedience to Him that can continue to bear His blessed life
into this world.
O Redeemer King, may we always seek Your grace to live in the same wisdom,
humility and loving obedience to our heavenly Father as You and Your mother
- Marie Bocko, OCDS
(mlbocko at earthlink dot net)
Lives of the saints:
The Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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