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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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Reflection for Monday September 8, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

Gospel: Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23
The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar.Perez became the father of Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab. Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon, Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse, Jesse the father of David the king.

David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph. Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham, Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the time of the Babylonian exile.

After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim, Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.

Now 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.”
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Today we celebrate the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why do we give so much honor and reverence to the Blessed Mother? The answer is very simple: she is the mother of Jesus. Without the Blessed Mother Jesus would have not been born. We would have been deprived of redemption from the curse of original sin if Jesus was not born through the Blessed Mother.    

The first part of the gospel speaks about the lineage of Jesus from Abraham to King David and the many personalities around them. Do you know your own ancestry and have you asked your parents about them? Do you still pray for them or offer Mass for their intention? Those who never forget to remember their own ancestry will never be forgotten also.

On the last part of the gospel we also read about Saint Joseph the humble husband of the Blessed Mother. Upon learning of the pregnancy of the Blessed Mother, Joseph had already created a plan to quietly separate from her. Until an angel sent by God intervened and the humble Joseph had to abandon his plan in favor of the divine plan. Are we willing to also abandon our own plan for the greater plan of God for us?

There are times that God’s plan for us is initially strewn with thorns and sacrifices. Would we still want to listen to this plan just like how Saint Joseph listened to the plan of God?

Dear Lord, make us docile to your own plan for our lives, take away our many doubts, and take away our many fears. Give us the grace to trust in you and not to trust in ourselves. Heal us of our many fears and heal us of our many doubts give us the grace of enlightenment dear Lord.  We humbly pray this to you O Lord. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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