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Thursday, September 8, 2022

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Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Micah 5:1-4 or
Romans 8:28-30
Psalm 13:6
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

When Mary became pregnant through the Holy Spirit, it seemed that St. Joseph would divorce her, and that she would be in danger of being executed as an adulteress (see Mt 1:19). But God spoke to Joseph to receive Mary as his wife. 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 assassination attempt, 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 (see Rv 12:1). 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 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).

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