Extra Special

Birthdays are one of the most awaited celebrations for everyone. Personally, I always get excited whenever the month of May draws near. I cannot help but think of the dishes I want to cook and preparations for my guests.

Today, we are celebrating one of the most important birthdays in the history of the world. The only other birthday more important than today is our Lord’s birthday. And so, the Church honors His mother, and our mother, too.

The Bible does not say anything about Mary’s birth, but I am sure how Joachim and Anne were overjoyed and grateful to be parents of an extraordinary child. I feel even more special since, at the cross, Jesus gave His mother to be our mother. It is an unimaginable grace! The woman, through whom the Savior was born, is also our mother!

Sometimes we do not see how blessed we are because of this. Most of the time we take this for granted and fail to be like true children to Mary. We fail to model our lives on hers. We also fail to “give birth to” or bring Jesus into the world.

Today, we thank God for the gift of a mother, and honor her and our Lord who has given us so beautiful and tender a mother. May our thanksgiving and praises be transformed into our imitation of the readiness of the Blessed Virgin to do the will of God and serve Jesus all her life.

By: Sem. Lester John D. Cabais

Today’s Gospel

Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her.
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.”
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.”

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