Monday, September 8, 2014

Reflection: Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

Today is the feast of the birth of Mary. This feast is an ancient one that began as early as the 5th century. On this day, the Church celebrates Mary’s personal holiness as well as her call to be the mother of Jesus. Mary must have been an amazing young woman. She must have begun developing a very personal relationship with God at a very young age. Over the years, she must have learned that God was someone she could trust. Mary must have personally experienced God’s presence and love in her life as she grew up!

This deep and personal relationship with God must have been what enabled Mary to hear and respond to God’s mysterious and fantastic message. Put yourself in Mary’s shoes! How would you react if God came to you and asked you to do something so mysterious and far-fetched? Most of us would think we were crazy if we had an experience like Mary’s! Yet Mary trusted! She had the grace and courage to stay open to God’s call. From her youth, she must have developed a very strong and personal relationship with God.

This deeply personal relationship most likely is what enabled Mary to be open to God’s call and God’s action in her life. Would that we had that depth of faith and trust in God! Let us ask Mary to give us a share of her trust and faith in God!

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