Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
September 8 A..D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30
Psalm 13:6ab, 6c
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
A reflection on today's Scripture:
The Birth of Mary is a simple fact of her life. Turning our thoughts to it, we are able to recall the Immaculate Conception, Mary conceived without sin.
God's plan for her is on our minds. But, at the birth, this is all in the shadows. For many people the meaning of the Blessed Virgin Mary is in the shadows. We have to reflect on what is God's work, her vocation and the consequence of her "fiat." Then, led by faith the Blessed Virgin Mary is a glory and splendor of God at work.
The Church's prayer today, "The birth of the Virgin Mary's Son was the dawn of our salvation," leads us to Jesus, the fruit of the womb of the Holy Mother.
Micah speaks of this dawn of salvation and the instrument of God's will by prophesying, "Until the time when she who is to give birth has borne." This fulfills the place of Bethlehem in salvation history. It is a sign that restoration of the Kingdom will occur and the Shepherd will care for the flock. "He shall be their peace."
Through the Gospel genealogy we are led to David and Bethlehem and to Joseph. Now we can understand how God is at work by asking for obedience, as He did from generation to generation and displaying mercy, as God did from Joseph, declaring the Holy Spirit's overshadowing power and the Son Jesus as Savior.
So, we can meditate on the postcommunion prayer:
May your Church be filled with joy at the birth of the Virgin Mary,
who brought the dawn of hope and salvation to the world.
~ Rev. Stephen H. Gratto
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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