SHE THAT COME FORTH AS THE MORNING RISING
Meditation for the Feast of the Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today, we recall and celebrate with joy the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She was timely positioned for our salvation. From the very dawn of God’s plan for human redemption, Mary’s role was clearly defined (Gen 3:15). Her birth, like her maternal presence, announces that the fulfillment of God’s promise of salvation is near. “Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!” (Lk 1:45). Mary’s birth was part of the fulfilment of what the Lord had promised, in order to bring about the greater fulfilment of our salvation in Jesus Christ.
Therefore, the celebration of the birthday of Mary becomes for us the celebration of God’s faithfulness to His promises. And Mary grew up, living out to full maturity what her birth stood for. In view of our salvation in Christ, Mary’s birth breaks forth like the Morning Sun. It keeps our hope high like the Tower of David; enriches our faith like the House of Gold. The tenderness of her birth lingered on throughout her life in her humility and silence.
Mary, the Highest Honor of our race, was full of grace as she entered the world. And she was set to unlock blessings as all generations will call her blessed. “But when the fullness of time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman, and subject of the law” (Gal 4:4). As we honor her today, may she unlock divine favor for us, and bring us closer to our salvation. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Wednesday September 8th, 2021.