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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Date: 
Fri, 09/08/2017
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

The birth of a human being is a natural event.  By natural I mean within the created order of the universe.
What is natural happens, as a norm, to everyone
without the addition of or the power of supernatural grace.
 
Within the physical realm, the conception and birth of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ,
was natural, nothing out of the ordinary.
The genes and chromosomes of her mother
were combined with the genes and chromosomes of her father and Mary’s physical characteristics,
the color of her eyes, the color of her hair, the color of her skin,
were determined by natural selection like everyone else’s….
with the interplay of dominant traits and recessive traits and so forth.
 
Within the spiritual realm, the conception of Mary, mother of Jesus Christ,
was beyond the natural, it was above the natural.  It was supernatural.
At the moment of her conception the grace of God intervened.
By the grace of God, a human girl child, who at that moment was yet unknown to her parents,
by the will of God, was protected from sin,
a human girl child who was destined to be the mother of the Savior of the World.
(We only know and understand this in hindsight.)
God acted so as to make it possible for His Son to be born into this world.
 
As a norm, human beings do not celebrate their conception day.
Within the context of Christian faith, the Catholic Church celebrates both
the conception of Jesus (March 25) and the conception of Mary his mother (December 8)
because supernatural grace was at work in these moments;
God intervened in natural human history so as to make Salvation possible.
 
We observe this feast of Mary (September 8) because it marks a major step,
a major moment in the fulfillment of God’s plan to reverse what Adam and Eve set into motion
when they disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden.
It happens in reality behind the scenes, so to speak.
But after the event of the Incarnation of the Son of God through the Paschal Mystery
Christians looked back so as to uncover how God had worked,
to discover as much as they could the activity of God in human history.
How is it possible that God could enter this world?
How is it possible that the Son of God could become like us in all things but sin?
How is it possible that God could redeem humanity?
 
The Catholic Church then as the Catholic Church now seeks to know the truth.
And since we continue to live in a world where sin and evil continue to operate,
acknowledgement of the truth and celebration of the truth are necessary
lest we become taken in by what is not of God.
 
The birth of Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, as a natural event, is nothing out of the ordinary.
The birth of Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ, as a supernatural event, is unique, singular,
never to be repeated in human history.
It is a necessary preparation for the greatest moment within the existence of time.
 
 
 
Mary is blessed; full of grace for the Lord God was with her from conception,
making it possible for her to fulfill her destiny.
Her birth is an important, essential part in the greater whole.
 
Like the Ark of the Covenant, that carried the tablets of the 10 commandments,
to remind God’s people of God’s presence, God’s promise and their obligation,
Mary is the Ark that carries the Son of God when he takes on our vulnerable human state…
first in her body, then in her heart.
As we celebrate her role in God’s plan of Salvation
we are reminded of God’s presence, God’s promise and our obligation….to remain faithful.
 
Today’s prayer:  “O Lord, You blessed Mary so that she would be fitting as the mother of Your Son.  Her task required sacrifice, dedication, courage and trust.  Inspire us to carry Jesus Christ in our hearts so that Your plan of Salvation might be brought to its fulfillment in the lives of those around us.  Amen!”