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Devotion to Mary

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Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

 

READINGS

First Reading: 

MI 5:1-4A or ROM 8:28-30

Responsorial Psalm: 

PS 13:6AB, 6C

Gospel: 

MT 1:1-16, 18-23 

 

 

Homily

Our Gospel today is not about the our Mother Mary’s Birthday. It is an account of how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. This therefore speaks to us that our devotion to Mary is a devotion to her Son Jesus.

It is interesting to note that this Gospel is specifically chosen for today’s liturgical celebration. Of course, the bible does not tell us about the birth of Mary. Hence, the reading is not about her birth but about the birth of her Son Jesus. This text is chosen not because of the absence of a biblical account of Mary’s birthday but because the church would like to teach us something about Mary in relationship to Jesus.

  1. God has already a plan for Mary even before she was born;
  2. God willed that she be immaculately conceived to fulfill this plan;
  3. The purpose of why Mary was born is to give birth to Jesus, the Son of God and to take care of Him while on earth;
  4. She is the mother of the Son of God;
  5. The whole life of Mary was devoted to and revolved around Jesus;
  6. She is the first disciple;
  7. She followed Jesus through His suffering and death on the cross;
  8. She ascended into heaven on account of Jesus.

If these are the reasons why Mary was born, then it is but vital that we who are Mary’s devotees must also be devoting our lives to Jesus. It is a misleading devotion to Mary if we focus only to her and not to her devotion. Mary was not at all devoted to herself. She devoted the entirety of her life to her Son, Jesus.  In like manner, our devotion to Mary must necessarily be a devotion to Jesus.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word devotion means

: a feeling of strong love or loyalty : the quality of being devoted

: the use of time, money, energy, etc., for a particular purpose

devotions : prayer, worship, or other religious activities that are done in private rather than in a religious service

Following this meaning of  “devotion” therefore, our devotion to Mary must express our strong love for Jesus. If Mary gave her time, resources, energy, all her life to her Son, then we ought to do the same. Ultimately  our devotion to Mary leads us to love Jesus whom Mary loved with all her heart, with all her soul, with all her mind, and with all her strength.

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