This is how Jesus Christ was born. Mary his mother had been given to Joseph in marriage but before they lived together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph, her husband, made plans to divorce her in all secrecy. He was an upright man, and in no way did he want to discredit her. While he was pondering over this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, «Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. She has conceived by the Holy Spirit, and now she will bear a son. You shall call him “Jesus” for He will save his people from their sins». 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”.
Mary's nativity sums up God's project, the economy of salvation, and we will see its fulfillment later on the feast of the Assumption. Everything was made possible by her YES. From the beginning God chose her parents so that this Daughter of God would grow up in a way worthy of her Son.
God continues to accompany us, just as He accompanied Mary. God not only accompanies us, He protects us and accompanies others who help us. Joseph is invited to help Mary and to understand this divine plan in his wife. In obedience, like Mary, He answered with a big YES.
This feast encourages us to believe that God is active in our personal life. Our our betterment, God is not only active in our personal life, He active in many w&ay which can never understand. Thus, there is need from our part to cooperate with God, if we wish that His Kingdom comes. Like the Parents of Mary who had the patience of waiting for this child for a long time, like Jospeh who could accept the challenge and cooperate with the messenger of God and finally like Mary to put all her trust in the Lord and could say YES to the divine projet.
Action of the day: Believe in God and His divine work in you.
«The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and He will be called Emmanuel»
+ Fr. Agustí ALTISENT i Altisent Monk of Santa Maria de Poblet
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. Even Ruth and Rahab (cf. Mt 1:5), foreigners, converted to the faith of the only God (and Rahab was a harlot!), were our Saviour's ancestors.
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. «The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and He will be called Emmanuel» (Mt 1:23). How spiritually delicate Mary's entrails, her heart and her will, must have been, to engage the attention of the Father and make her become the mother of “God-with-mankind”, He, who had to bring us the supernatural light and grace for the redemption of all of us. 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.
Further away, in Today's Gospel, we see how Mary was advised she would conceive God, the Saviour of his People. And let us realize that this girl, virgin and Jesus' mother, had to be also our mother. The special election of Mary, «Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!» (Lk 1:42), makes us to admire God's tenderness in his way of proceeding; because He did not redeem us —so to speak— “by remote control”, but by closely binding himself with our family and our history. Who could ever imagine God to be so great and so simple as to so intimately bind himself to us?