September 8. Birthday of Our Lady. Dorothy’s husband was a Methodist and while he often joined in the family faith sharing he asked her why Catholics had so many days to honour Mary, the mother of Jesus. “Our church also recognizes that but for you it sems she is like another God.” “Not another God, but a way to lead people to Jesus, her son, and to God the Father. You could say it grew like that, or was revealed that she was a very special person with a special role. Many of the feastdays grew over time and have a special kind of message. Today we celebrate her birthday but this scripture reading focuses more on Jesus and the true greatness he brings. Doesn’t everyone love a mom, especially on her birthday? That is why we love her too. Have some birthday cake?”
You O Bethlehem who are little from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel. And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. And this shall be peace. Micah 5:2-5a.
Pope Francis: Mary treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart and now understand the meaning of all things. Hence we can ask her to enable us to look at this world with eyes of wisdom. LS241