Greetings on this the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Readings: Mi 5:1-4a; PS 13:6ab, 6c; Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
Notes: Who would admit to that question? Come on now, you know it.
- Every baby as they develop eventually realizes they are themselves of mother.
- Every child as they mature realize: Mommy was born too!
In infant development Mother and Child are as one. For the baby there is no distance or distinction between Mother and Child. They are one. I am told this is why babies cry. They are slowly learning that they are unique individual and the gradual realization Mom is Mom and I am I takes some struggle.
Shared Memories (zerotothree.org)
Another way young children learn to think about themselves is through the memories others share with them. It’s called the remembered self by child development experts and is the internal picture, or model, children construct over time based on the personal stories and memories of events that they have been part of that adults recall with them. Have you ever noticed how much toddlers and preschoolers love seeing pictures of themselves when they were babies and hearing stories about when they were younger? Their fascination reflects their growing understanding of their own history.
This tiny little part of Israel, too small to be numbered among the clans of Judah, will come:
- A Mother
- and A Son
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock
by the strength of the LORD,
in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;
And they shall remain, for now his greatness
shall reach to the ends of the earth;
he shall be peace.
Responsorial (Isaiah 61:10)
With delight I rejoice in the Lord.
Let me sing of the LORD, “He has been good to me.”
Blessed are you, holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise;
from you rose the sun of Justice, Christ our God.
We certainly know a lot about the birth of Jesus. It is both prophesized in the Old Testament (Mi 5:1-4a & Is 7:14 LXX) and accounted for in the gospels of Matthew and Luke, chapter 1 and 2, respectively.
We can never forget his Mother too.
We reconstruct, poetically, the truth of the birth of Mary: (from the Liturgy of the Hours)
- We celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary, let us worship her Son, Christ the Lord.
- We commemorate the birth of the blessed Virgin Mary, a descendant of Abraham, born of the tribe of Judah and of David’s seed.
- When the most holy Virgin was born, the whole world was made radiant; blessed is the branch and blessed is the stem which bore such holy fruit.
- Let us joyfully celebrate the birth of the blessed Mary so that she may intercede for us before Jesus Christ the Lord.
- Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse and filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life.
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (Jn 19:26-27).
Mommy was born and what a life she had!
Happy Birthday, Mom!
Peace be with you,