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Tuesday, September 8, 1998

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Birth of Mary

Micah 5:1-4 or
Romans 8:28-30
Psalm 13
Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

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birth or boredom?

"Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah." —Matthew 1:2

The New Testament begins with what many would consider to be repetitious boredom. This person begot that person and so it goes on and on. That is what life was B.C., "before Christ." Without Jesus, life seemed to be the same old stuff with just the names changed. Micah prophesied: "The Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne" (Mi 5:2). The Lord gave us up to a life of misery, frustration, and meaninglessness until she who was to give birth had borne. In the first chapter of Matthew and the New Testament, the name of "Mary" breaks the tedious pattern of life. She is the first indication of a new age.

Even today, after Jesus has already begun the kingdom, many live a B.C. life of boredom and meaninglessness. Once again, today's celebration of Mary's birthday is the herald of a new day, of the life of faith which brings meaning and fulfillment to human existence. Today can be a break, a break-through, a beginning, a birth-day. Mary is opening the door. By faith, walk into Jesus' kingdom.

Prayer:  Jesus, thank You for giving me Your mother. I need her and I love her.

Promise:  "We know that God makes all things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His decree." —Rm 8:28

Praise:  Happy birthday, Mother Mary!

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, February 17, 1998

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 25, 1998