Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means
‘God is with us’.

The peace of the Lord be with you. Today is the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary the mother of Jesus. The genealogy in our Gospel today demonstrates how God has worked His plan for the salvation of human kind through human history. This was not series of random events, but one created before time and put into action moments after Adam and Eve brought sin into the world. The Blessed Virgin was foreshadowed as the one who would crush the head of the serpent. She did so not only by giving birth to Jesus, but also as she experienced the pain of watching her son be tortured so death could be destroyed once and for all. It is through her consent to be the vessel — to be the human tabernacle of the Lord — that we are redeemed.

Today, she still offers prayers for us and for the entire world that we may accept God’s will and God’s great love for us. Today may our voices join with hers and all the saints that we may be found worthy of the promises of Christ. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Readings for Tuesday, September 8, 2020