I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Gospel Reflections for September 8 Wednesday Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Matthew 1:18-23

My Reflections:
Today Wednesday Sept. 8 is the Feast of the Nativity/Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Nativity of the Blessed Mother is celebrated as a liturgical feast in the Roman Catholic calendar nine months after the solemnity of her Immaculate Conception, celebrated on 8 December.

Today is also the birthday of my Mother (Natividad Jabonete Dasmarinas); she was born on September 8 1942. Her name Natividad is the Spanish translation of Nativity. I reflected on how she got that name and I came to this conclusion that my grandparents had that special devotion also to the Blessed Mother. Otherwise they would have not named my mother Natividad.

We Catholics have this very deep devotion to the Blessed Mother for the reason that she is our universal mother. The respect and devotion that we give her is the same respect and devotion that we gave our own mothers. How can we not venerate Mama Mary when she is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ.

In the gospel, Joseph was about to quietly divorce Mary whom he found to be pregnant already through the Holy Spirit but the Lord intervened by means of an angel and it told Joseph not to leave Mary for the child that she carries in her womb was conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Joseph humbly listened to the angel, he did not leave Mary and the salvific plan of God was realized with the birth of Jesus.

The voice of God manifest to us thru our conscience, thru people around us.

Do we care to listen?

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