On Today’s Gospel

Posted: September 8, 2020 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Dearest Blessed Mother,

As Holy mother Church celebrates your birthday, we call to mind that you were the Lord our God’s specially chosen one. To bring to fruition His great love for us His children, through the Incarnation of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

You lived your life with grace, dignity and with such joy of the Lord in your heart; That we often forget that you too had to endure bitter struggles, pain and sorrow which you carried in your heart.

Today O dearest mother, through your loving intercession may our eyes be opened to see and live our lives through yours. To know deep in our hearts that we too are specially chosen and loved tenderly by our ever loving Father in Heaven. As we go forth glorifying Him by our lives, by uniting our will fully to His Will for us. This and everyday, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

First reading

Micah 5:1-4 ·He will stand and feed his flock with the power of the LordThe 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 1:1-16,18-23The ancestry and conception of Jesus ChristA genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham:Abraham was the father of Isaac,Isaac the father of Jacob,Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,Judah was the father of Perez and Zerah, Tamar being their mother,Perez was the father of Hezron,Hezron the father of Ram,Ram was the father of Amminadab,Amminadab the father of Nahshon,Nahshon the father of Salmon,Salmon was the father of Boaz, Rahab being his mother,Boaz was the father of Obed, Ruth being his mother,Obed was the father of Jesse;and Jesse was the father of King David.David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife,Solomon was the father of Rehoboam,Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asa,Asa was the father of Jehoshaphat,Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,Joram the father of Azariah,Azariah was the father of Jotham,Jotham the father of Ahaz,Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,Hezekiah was the father of Manasseh,Manasseh the father of Amon,Amon the father of Josiah;and Josiah was the father of Jechoniah and his brothers.Then the deportation to Babylon took place.After the deportation to Babylon:Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel,Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,Zerubbabel was the father of Abiud,Abiud the father of Eliakim,Eliakim the father of Azor,Azor was the father of Zadok,Zadok the father of Achim,Achim the father of Eliud,Eliud was the father of Eleazar,Eleazar the father of Matthan,Matthan the father of Jacob;and Jacob was the father of Joseph the husband of Mary;of her was born Jesus who is called Christ.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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