The Nativity of Mary
Birthday of Mama Mary
- Reading I: Micah 5:1-4a
- Reading II: Romans 8:28-30
- Responsorial Psalm: Isaiah 13
- Gospel Reading: Matthew 1:1-23 (passim)
Bethleham of Ephrathah
The verses have become a classic Messianic prophecy because of its use in Matthew’s account of the visit of the Three Magi. Bethlehem now known as Beit-lehem is located in Palestine territory and is the home of the largest Palestinian Christian communities. The prophecy from Micah identifies it as the place where the son of David, the awaited Messiah will come forth. "Beth-lehem" means "House of Bread", the birth place of Him who will later on manifest Himself as "the true bread from heaven." More about Bethlehem >>
Glorified because Predestined
More on Paul’s idea of Predestination here: Predestined to Share In His Glory
Paul has been considering the sufferings that the Church was undergoing at the time he wrote the letter (see Romans 8:18ff) and consoles his listeners by calling their attention to the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, who also prays in, through and with them with groanings. The "ecclesia pressa" groans in Spirit with all of creation as it awaits the revelation of the children of God. And so the Church should not be vexed: if it has been called by the Word of God (the ek-klesia is the assembly of those called), is justified now in baptism and glorified later, it is because God has predestined it to be so. And so despite present appearances, all things will work out well for those who love God. Since, after all, nothing will separate them from the love of God in Christ (see vv. 31-35)
Mary in the scheme of Salvation History
The genealogy of Matthew does not only trace the lineage that descends from Abraham to David and to Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. It also presents us certain milestones of salvation history. The mention of those famous names were also intended to recall to the listener the twist and turns of salvation history until the time of Jesus. In this river of history Mary has a special place — "of her was born Jesus". The genealogy which up to this moment mentions the fathers of sons breaks up and puts Mary in the limelight. The baby of Joachim and Anne whose birthday we recall today will become "the mother of my Lord" (cf. Luke 1:43).
More here on the Birthday of Our Lady.
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