Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Ray

We celebrate her birth in a very special way because she gave birth to the Son of God. The Blessed Virgin Mary’s significance to us is always seen in the light of her son, Jesus. Her birth signals the end of the period of promise and expectation of the Old Testament and the beginning of the time of grace, the Kairos, of the New Testament. Because she was born, the birth of the Blessed Savior was near. Salvation was at hand more than before.

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary is full of grace, because it was IN her, then TROUGH her, that (“grace”) first appeared. Jesus is Grace in person. And the Blessed Virgin Mary was not only the first to have been saved, she was also the first human vessel of salvation and the first tabernacle of Jesus Christ Himself.

 

But unlike my mother’s birth, the Blessed Mother’s birth was ordained by the birth of her Son, Jesus. Mary was predestined to be the mother of the Lord. This is also the reason why she was immaculately conceived, that she was conceived without original sin, that even before the actual events, of the Lord’s Paschal Mystery she was already saved. This must be the reason why on her   birthday, the Gospel enumerates not her genealogy but that of her Son’s. The Gospel is not about her birth but the birth of the Lord.

 

The Blessed Virgin Mary is our mother too because of Jesus. We celebrate her birthday in a special way because of Jesus. May people rejoice and thank God for our birthdays because of Jesus too.

 

Happy Birthday, Blessed Mother!

 

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