Thursday, September 07, 2006


Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 8, 2006
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Friday 22nd Week in Ordinary Time - Yr II

MICAH 5:1-4A
The LORD says: You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the
clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler
in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. (Therefore
the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give
birth has borne, And the rest of his brethren shall return to the
children of Israel.) 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.

MATTHEW 1:1-16, 18-23
The Book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of
Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of
Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar. Perez became the father of
Hezron, Hezron the father of Ram, Ram the father of Amminadab.
Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, Nahshon the father of Salmon,
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab. Boaz became the
father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth. Obed became the father of Jesse,
Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon,
whose mother had been the wife of Uriah. Solomon became the father of
Rehoboam, Rehoboam the father of Abijah, Abijah the father of Asaph.
Asaph became the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of
Joram, Joram the father of Uzziah. Uzziah became the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah. Hezekiah became
the father of Manasseh, Manasseh the father of Amos, Amos the father of
Josiah. Josiah became the father of Jechoniah and his brothers at the
time of the Babylonian exile. After the Babylonian exile, Jechoniah
became the father of Shealtiel, Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
Zerubbabel the father of Abiud. Abiud became the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor, Azor the father of Zadok. Zadok became the
father of Achim, Achim the father of Eliud, Eliud the father of
Eleazar. Eleazar became the father of Matthan, Matthan the father of
Jacob, Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born
Jesus who is called the Christ. Now this is how the birth of Jesus
Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but
before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy
Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling
to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his
intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a
dream and said, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary
your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this
child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to
name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." All
this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall
name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us."

The introduction for today's celebration in the Roman Missal writes:
"The Church, in keeping a solemn feast for the birthday of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, celebrates the dawning of the Redemption over the world
when, after a long period of waiting, she who was to be the Mother of
our Savior was born. The Blessed Virgin occupies a unique place in the
history of salvation. Heaven rejoices at her birth. The Lord reserves
for her the highest mission ever commended to any creature. We rejoice
in the certainty that the Mother of God is our Mother too."

God had already planned in advance our salvation from imminent "death."
Just as Mary had been chosen before her birth to be the Mother of God,
God also prepares for the salvation of all people: "I knew you even
before you were born." Today's feast helps us be aware of that
preparation and our response to it. We are not merely recipients of
salvation; like Mary, we are also transmitters. The Gospel presents to
us the genealogy of Jesus. As we look deeper into the stories of each
and every one of Jesus' human ancestors, which includes Abraham and
David, we see how God prepares and delivers his people, preserving the
transmittal until his final plan would be realized. With this in mind,
we are all encouraged to pursue and live out Christ's love because that
is what God had meant for us to be.

We pray ...
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
- for the eternal repose of the soul of Cynthia Bernal. Eternal
rest grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she
and all the souls of the dearly departed rest in peace.
- for the healing and well-being of Irene
- for the healing and well-being of Marissa
- for the personal intentions of R
- In Memoriam: Haydee Yorac
- In thanksgiving for Prayer Request granted: Ludirose Cagulada,
Eleazar Salut, Fedirico Mangahas and Emerito Sullada
- Birthday: Euberta Alisa M. Cagulada "Alice"
- for the safe travel of Salud Carag.
- for the safe travel of Salud Cagulada.
- for the personal intentions and enlightenment of Jan Michael B.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Lilia U. Hao
- Birthday: Erika Sabrina Lael P. Chua
- Wedding Anniversary: Manny & Milette Narciso
- for world peace and reconciliation.

Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.

Have a good day!

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