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Liturgical day: September 8th: Birth of Mary

Gospel text (Mt 1,1-16.18-23): This is the account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Abraham was the father of Isaac (…). Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, and from her came Jesus who is called the Christ, the Messiah. All this happened in order to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: «The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and He will be called Emmanuel» which means: “God-with-us”.

Birth of Mary

+ Fr. Agustí ALTISENT i Altisent Monk of Santa Maria de Poblet
(Tarragona, Spain)

Today, Jesus' genealogy, the Saviour that had to come and be born of Mary, shows us how the work of God is interwoven into human history, and how God acts in the secret and silence of every single day. At the same time, we can see his reliability to accomplish his promises.

The Holy Spirit, that mysteriously had to incarnate the Son in Mary, entered, therefore, in our history since a long time before, and traced a path leading to the Virgin Mary of Nazareth and, through her, to her Son Jesus. In this work, everything bring us to contemplate, admire and worship, through prayer, the greatness, the generosity and the simplicity of the divine action, that will extol and rescue our human lineage through our Lord’s personal involvement.

—This girl, virgin and Jesus' mother, had to be also our mother. Who could ever imagine God to be so great and so simple as to so intimately bind himself to us?