On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 8, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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What an honour it is to call you Mother,  O Blessed Mother.  From the moment of your birth you were made holy.  And for the rest of your life chose to remain stedfast in faith and love.  Was life easy for you, surely not for your character and cheerful disposition was born out of love for God and sacrifice.

O model of faith and love, you answered a resounding YES trusting fully in God our Father. Even though you knew what could happen to you.  Accepting the full consequence of whatever came your way. And by your faith you bore Good News, the Word made flesh; You brought forth joy and peace into the World.

O dearest Mother of God, our mother pray for us; let your Son Jesus our Lord dwell in our hearts and minds always and forever. Amen

(The Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast)

First reading
Micah 5:1-4

The Lord says this:
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
the least of the clans of Judah,
out of you will be born for me
the one who is to rule over Israel;
his origin goes back to the distant past,
to the days of old.
The Lord is therefore going to abandon them
till the time when she who is to give birth gives birth.
Then the remnant of his brothers will come back
to the sons of Israel.
He will stand and feed his flock
with the power of the Lord,
with the majesty of the name of his God.
They will live secure, for from then on he will extend his power
to the ends of the land.
He himself will be peace.

Gospel
Matthew 1:18-23

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph; being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfil the words spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son
and they will call him Emmanuel,
a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.’

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