08 Sept 2017: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Friday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Mic 5: 1-4; Gospel: Mt. 1: 1 – 16, 18-23

It was enough for Mary to say ‘yes’ to the will of God. The Lord looked into all the other details like informing Joseph to make him believe, protecting Mary from harm and disgrace, etc. We only need to allow God’s will to be accomplished in our life. God’s will is the best thing that can ever happen to us. Once we say ‘yes’ to God’s will, He will take care of everything else.

As we celebrate the birthday of our Blessed Mother, it would be a commendable thing to reflect upon her many virtues. ‘Purity’ was her first virtue as she was born without original sin. The virtue that stands out next is her ‘Humility’. I would like to present two outstanding proofs of Mother Mary’s humility.

  1. We know that Mary spent her childhood in the temple as a virgin. In a private revelation given to Maria Valtorta and compiled as a book – “The Poem of the Man-God” (Vol. 1), the Lord reveals Mary’s humility. As a child, she spoke to Anna about her longing to see the Messiah. She was willing to be a slave in the household where the Saviour child would be born. If refused the privilege, she was ready to live like a beggar at the doorstep so that she may see him and hear his voice. But the Lord chose her to be the mother of His Son.
  2. The humility of Mary continues well beyond the bounds of her earthly life. The Dogma of Immaculate Conception (that Mary was born without original sin) was promulgated by Pope Pius IX in 1854. But it was only in 1858, after four years, that Our Lady appeared to Bernadette at Lourdes and confirmed the truth saying ‘I am the Immaculate Conception’. Such humility was what pleased God.

As we celebrate her Nativity, let us not merely stop with wishing and praising the Blessed Virgin Mary. Rather, let us draw inspiration from her and model our life after her example, so that we would be her sons and daughters, not merely in word, but in deed. Ave Maria.

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