Scripture: 1st Reading: Micah5,2-5; Resp. Psalm: Ps13,5-6; Gospel: Mt1,1-16,18-23
The elevation of the weak over the strong, the poor over the rich, the underprivileged over the endowed, the unfortunate over the fortunate. The mystery of the reversal of fortunes. The irony of an unknown, forgotten place becoming the point of reference, of an unknown, inconsequential person becoming song on every one's lips. This is only possible with a God who chooses to bless as He wills, in whose hands are all honour and dignity and who alone allots them, who when He decides to raise, no one can put down.
The word of God in today's First Reading clearly demonstrates this fact about our Mighty God. The ruler of Israel would come from little, unknown, unsung and inconsequential Bethlehem Ephrathah. His origin will not be human, but of old, from ancient days. This ruler will however come through a human source who would be in labour pains. This ruler-child "shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And this shall be peace."
This prophecy foretold of future events, of things to come. The fulfillment of that prophecy was awaited, which eventually materialized when the Immaculate Virgin brought forth into the world the Light of the world, Jesus the Lord. The human genealogy that demonstrates that He was truly man and the birth of that Child of the Blessed Virgin are the facts of salvation shown to us in the Gospel of today.
The birth of our Lord, the Saviour of the world is shown to be the eternal plan of God who planned meticulously through generations of the human family down to the eventual birth of His Son. The birth of the Son fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet: "Behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel (which means, God with us).
The birth of that Child was not fortuitous or accidental. It was planned for in the eternity of the Father. It was willed. God Himself prepared the woman who would be the privileged mother of His Son. From the moment of her conception, by virtue of the merits of His Son, that is, by virtue of the role she was going to play as the mother of God the Son, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, God the Father specially prepared her. We celebrate her birthday today.
The Church always proposes the Blessed Mother to us as a guide on our pilgrim way, a succour in times of distress, a helper in times of need, a model of virtues for our imitation, a beacon of hope for our world, a light for our spiritual life. As mother of the Son, she has an extraordinary role and influence with her divine Son. She has a powerful intercessory role to play in the lives of believers who are wise to know.
As we celebrate the birth of this noble flower of Judah, the highest honour of our race, may God listen to her petitions on our behalf. Arrayed as she is in heaven in splendour, beauty and majesty, may she continue to care for the flock of her Son with her maternal love. May all who go to her never experience disappointment or be brought to shame.
Let us pray: "Impart to your servants, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation." Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always. Happy birthday of our Blessed Mother Mary.