My daily reflection and prayer. Monday, September 8, 2014
Here is the gospel we want to consider today, according to St. 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, decided 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.”
And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord, Jesus Christ.
Today is the feast of the nativity of Virgin Mary who is called to be the mother of Jesus the Savior. There are two readings from the Gospel we can choose. First is Matthew 1:1-16, 16-23 on the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. The second is Matthew 1:18-23 we want to consider.
About the nativity of Virgin Mary, we have a long venerable tradition. In the Christian faith, her nativity prepared for our redemption in Jesus Christ. According to Sr. Matthew, the genealogy of Jesus begins from Abraham’s lineage through the line of David, the King of the ancient Israel.
What is the meaning of the feast for us today? First of all we can learn from it how to trust in God’s promises. As the Gospel proclaimed, God asked Mary to conceive the son of the living God not by a man but the Holy Spirit.
So, the Virgin Mary was asked to assume in faith a burden of tremendous responsibility. She should conceived and born a child without a natural father. It had never been heard of before! Of course, to accept this miraculous exception to the laws of nature requires faith and trust.
The problem is worst because Mary was not yet married. At the time as well as now, we know, pregnancy outside of wedlock was not tolerated. Mary was only espoused to Joseph. Here, she was asked to assume a great risk in faith. Not only Joseph but also her family and even her own people might reject her.
In such situation, the Virgin Mary nonetheless believed and trusted in God’s promises. And this is the great lesson we are able to learn. I imagine that Mary knew that Joseph and her family would not understand without revelation from God. So the only way is praying and trusting in Him.
Thanks to the Lord, as proclaimed to us today, Joseph, as a just and God-fearing man, also believes and trusts in God. He accepted the message given to him to take Mary as his wife. He also accepts the child in her womb as the promised Messiah.
Now in the second level, we learn from Mary and Joseph about how to live our faith. Mary and Joseph are models of faith for us. They are faithful witness and servant of God’s unfolding plan of redemption. Let’s trust and obey the Lord as Mary and Joseph have done. Mary and Joseph trust and believe that Jesus is the fulfillment of all God’s promises.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we follow Mary and Joseph as the model of faith to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the hope not only for the people of the Old Covenant but also for all nations. He is our Savior. Let’s trust and believe in Him.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You came to world through Mother Mary to save us from the power of sin and death and give us abundant everlasting life in Your kingdom. Together with Virgin Mary and Joseph, may we always rejoice in Your saving work and trust in Your plan for our life, now and forever. Amen
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