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The Nativity of Mary

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Birthday of Mama Mary


More on the day’s feast here…

Today’s Readings

  • 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.

Micah 5:1-4
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1Now shalt thou be laid waste, O daughter of the robber: they have laid siege against us, with a rod shall they strike the cheek of the judge of Israel.
2AND THOU, BETHLEHEM Ephrata, art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be the ruler in Israel: and his going forth is from the beginning, from the days of eternity.
3Therefore will he give them up even till the time wherein she that travaileth shall bring forth: and the remnant of his brethren shall be converted to the children of Israel.
4And he shall stand, and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the height of the name of the Lord his God: and they shall be converted, for now shall he be magnified even to the ends of the earth.
Romans 8:28-30
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28And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints.
29For whom he foreknew, he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son; that he might be the firstborn amongst many brethren.
30And whom he predestinated, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified. And whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Matthew 1:1-23
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1The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham begot Isaac. And Isaac begot Jacob. And Jacob begot Judas and his brethren.
3And Judas begot Phares and Zara of Thamar. And Phares begot Esron. And Esron begot Aram.
4And Aram begot Aminadab. And Aminadab begot Naasson. And Naasson begot Salmon.
5And Salmon begot Booz of Rahab. And Booz begot Obed of Ruth. And Obed begot Jesse.
6And Jesse begot David the king. And David the king begot Solomon, of her that had been the wife of Urias.
7And Solomon begot Roboam. And Roboam begot Abia. And Abia begot Asa.
8And Asa begot Josaphat. And Josaphat begot Joram. And Joram begot Ozias.
9And Ozias begot Joatham. And Joatham begot Achaz. And Achaz begot Ezechias.
10And Ezechias begot Manasses. And Manesses begot Amon. And Amon begot Josias.
11And Josias begot Jechonias and his brethren in the transmigration of Babylon.
12And after the transmigration of Babylon, Jechonias begot Salathiel. And Salathiel begot Zorobabel.
13And Zorobabel begot Abiud. And Abiud begot Eliacim. And Eliacim begot Azor.
14And Azor begot Sadoc. And Sadoc begot Achim. And Achim begot Eliud.
15And Eliud begot Eleazar. And Eleazar begot Mathan. And Mathan begot Jacob.
16And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17So all the generations, from Abraham to David, are fourteen generations. And from David to the transmigration of Babylon, are fourteen generations: and from the transmigration of Babylon to Christ are fourteen generations.
18Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.
19Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.
20But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.
21And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins.
22Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying:
23Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Romans 8:18
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18For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us.
Luke 1:43
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43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

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