Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on September 8, 2011

Gospel reading of the day:

Matthew 1:18-23

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, mary16thcdecided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: We celebrate today the nativity of Mary, the mother of God. The Church always has held up Mary as the best model of Christian virtues, so perhaps it is useful to reflect a little on what she has to teach us. Soren Kierkegaard once described a saint as a person who is able to will the one thing. Mary willed just one thing, God. She possessed a powerful and disciplined energy that poured out her heart to find and fulfill God’s will. On her birthday, let us pray that we too may put away the many things to find this mystery of human life, that it is not in the diversity of our experience but in the singleheartedness of will that we fulfill our nature.

1-1Saint of the day: This feast is a commemoration of that happy and joyful day on which the Mother of God first saw the light of day. The Church accordingly sings on this day,

Thy nativity, virgin Mother of God, has brought joy to the whole world; for from thee has come forth the Sun of justice, Christ the Lord, Who putting away cursing bestowed blessing, and by overcoming death obtained for us life eternal.

In the Introit of the Mass the Church sings:

Hail, holy parent, who as a happy mother brought forth the King who rules heaven and earth from eternity to eternity. My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King.

Spiritual reading: Love is not something in its own right, it is what people are and have become. (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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