Today we celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s birth is one of the three that the Church celebrates – Mary on September 8th, Jesus on December 25th and John the Baptist on June 24th. Each one of these individuals had a very special role in our Church’s history.
Mary’s parents, Joachim and Ann—were faithful followers and loved God very much. They were filled with gratitude to God for the gift of their daughter. Raising her to be a faithful child of God they taught her to love and serve God. When the angel Gabriel told Mary that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus, her great faith and trust in God gave her the ability to say yes. Like Mary we too are called to bring Jesus into our world. As we pray this day let us remember that we should be thankful for the gift of life and to never be afraid to show care and concern for others. Remember that God does have a plan for each one of us.
Pat Schifini, OSU