Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us. (Matthew 1:23, quoting Isaiah 7:14)
On Saturday, September 8, these words will be proclaimed to us at Mass. This is nine months after we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, when Mary was first conceived in St. Anne’s womb. Now soon, after nine months of waiting, we will celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In other words, Saturday is our Blessed Mother’s birthday!
If we rightly celebrate the birth of loved ones with great joy, imagine the heavenly rejoicing the day that Mary was born. “Welcome, Stella maris, the morning star who shines before the dawn! Welcome, you who shall bring Christ our Light to the world!” And what great cause for singing, for Mary could not become the Theotokos, the Mother of God, unless she herself was first born. Long before her birth God had been preparing her for this wondrously great mission. And soon on Saturday the Church will rejoice to celebrate the day she entered into the world, a little baby girl who would one day bear the Christ Child.
Even then, God had a special mission for Mary. Like her, each of us has been given a unique, although of course much smaller, mission from God. We each have a unique place in the Body of Christ, called to bring Christ to the world in the way He calls us to. She is our Mother and role model!
I see part of my mission as helping to write this pro-life blog, as small of a thing as it is. Ms. Debbie asked if I would contribute monthly, and I was happy to be able to use my writing to help transform our culture into a culture of life in this small way. Another way I choose to do this is to join St. Peter’s Pro-Life Ministry in praying a rosary in front of Planned Parenthood every Thursday morning, or whenever I am able. We never know how our prayer and witness might have effect, but we offer this work to God and place it in His hands.
But my most important mission is to simply life a faithful Christian life where God has called me right now, striving to be a good daughter, sister, friend, and student at Baylor University. In that I hope to bring Christ to the world as I seek to grow in holiness in everyday life. This feast day is a good moment for me to pause and put everything into the right perspective.
So what about you? What has God called you to in this point in your life? I invite you to join me in reflecting on this as we prepare to celebrate our Mother’s birthday. May the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage and gladden you, and may Mary’s prayers help you, as you strive to follow Him with all your heart.
Yours in Christ,
Senior, Baylor University
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.