Happy Feast to all. I am going to start this post with a slight apology to all those who have checked in since Saturday, and found nothing new. I meant to post the “Our Lady of Good Help – History of the Shrine and the Marian Apparitions (Part 7)” on Tuesday, but as I entered my new academic year I found myself inundated with lessons and equations, and unable to post. The “Our Lady of Good Help” post will return next week. However I need to give some forewarning; now that my new academic year has started, I will not be able to post as frequently and predictably as I did over the Summer.
So today I am getting a fresh start to my September posting habits, and it is quite a fitting day to take a fresh start. Today we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin. HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLESSED MOTHER!!!!!! That’s right, today we celebrate the Birthday of the Blessed Mother, not to be confused with the Birthday of Jesus Christ (we celebrate that on December 25th, remember?). Today, all of humanity gets a fresh start, for one of our own has been born without the Sin of Adam on her soul. She has been born in a State of Grace, born without Original Sin. She is Mary Immaculate, the Daughter of the Father, Mother of the Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit.
For those of you who attended Holy Mass today, in honor of this great feast, take a moment and reflect on the Gospel you heard proclaimed. The priest read the Genealogy of Jesus Christ from the Gospel penned by Matthew. In the midst of that long list (about 53 names mentioned), appear the names of 5 women – Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Tamar acted as a prostitute in order to get pregnant, Rahab was a prostitute, Ruth was a Moabite (a foreigner, not a Child of Israel), Bathsheba was abducted by King David, and Mary was a Pure Immaculate Virgin, born with out Original Sin and created to be the Mother of the Messiah. Jesus Christ had a very interesting (and at times colorful) family tree, yet He chose to be born into a family with such a reputation to show the depth of His love. Indeed Jesus Christ chose to save the entire human family and He did so by being born of the Virgin Mary, suffering, dying, being buried, and on the third day rising again.
So today let us honor the Blessed Mother – the Immaculate Virgin and White Dawn announcing the Rising of the Son. She was born, today, that she might give birth to her Savior and our Savior. Yes, we owe our salvation to Jesus Christ, yet if it were not for Mary’s Fiat – Mary’s Yes – Salvation History would have been very different. Let us honor our Blessed Mother on this, her birthday. Remember you cannot honor one without honoring the other – for Mary always points to Christ, while Christ commands that we “Behold our Mother.” May God Bless You!
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