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Monday, September 8, 2003

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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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an amazing day of grace

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

It seemed that Joseph would divorce Mary, and Mary would be in danger of being executed as an adulteress (see Mt 1:19). But Joseph obeyed God's revelation, and God made "all things work together for the good" (Rm 8:28).

Mary, Joseph, and Jesus fled in the night to Egypt (Mt 2:13ff). The Holy Family was in danger. But they escaped Herod's massacre of the baby boys of Bethlehem, and God made "all things work together for the good" (Rm 8:28).

Mary was at the foot of Jesus' cross (see Jn 19:25). She saw up close her Son being tortured and murdered. She was in indescribable agony. However, her Son rose from the dead and made her queen of heaven and earth. God made "all things work together for the good" (Rm 8:28).

On this day when we celebrate Mary's birthday, some of you are on the verge of divorce, in danger of death, or in agony. Jesus loves you as much as He loves His mother Mary. He loves you infinitely and has died on the cross and risen from the dead for love of you. On this birthday celebration of Mary, expect Jesus to make "all things work together for the good" (Rm 8:28).

Prayer:  Father, may I never forget this day.

Promise:  "Therefore the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has borne." —Mi 5:2

Praise:  "My being proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior" (Lk 1:46).

Reference:  (The Presentation Ministries Discipleship Retreat Life of Christian Prayer, Oct. 3-4, 2003, offers an opportunity to deepen your relationship with Jesus. For information or to register, call 937-587-5464 or e-mail retreats@presentationministries.com)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Richard L. Klug, February 27, 2003

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2003