Wednesday 8 September 2021

About Today Readings

Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Romans 8:28-30. With delight I rejoice in the Lord – Psalm 12(13):6-7. Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23.

How Jesus Christ came to be born

Today we celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary the Mother of Jesus, Mary the woman of the Gospels, Mary the first disciple. A woman who was questioning, contemplative, challenging and active in mission. There’s the young girl who, at the Annunciation, is a little fearful of what this might mean and asks ‘how can this be?’. But it is in her yes that we witness her responsiveness to God’s call; which then brings new life to the world. Mary is a woman of action who runs in haste to the hill country to be with Elizabeth. Her words, ‘Do whatever he tells you’ in the wedding at Cana shows not only her love but her way of challenging Jesus to be the person he is meant to be. In Marist spirituality, ‘Mary’s way lays the foundation of all our actions: listening, patient waiting, nurturing interiority and responsiveness to God’s will’. All to Jesus through Mary, all to Mary for Jesus.

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