HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (3)







HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

THEME: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR MOTHER, THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.

BY: Fr A N. Abiagom, CM.

HOMILY FOR THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8 2022

 

The birthdays of Jesus Christ, John the Baptist, and the Blessed Virgin Mary are the three birthdays celebrated in the liturgy life of the Church sequel to the roles they played in history of God’s salvation for humanity. Today, we celebrate in a special way, the nativity of our mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is good to be reminded that she is the only woman whose birthday is celebrated in the liturgy life of the Church.

One who celebrates his or her birthday without celebrating the birthday of his or her parents, does not understand how he or she came into existence. The womb of a woman biologically remains the seat of life. How would one celebrate life without coming out from a woman’s womb alive? If we celebrate the birth of Christ our Saviour, shall we not celebrate the birth of the woman from whose womb our Saviour was brought forth?

The birthday of the New Eve is a must celebration for all who understand these words of her magnificant, “… henceforth all generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:48).
If we believe that Mary is the mother of God, by her being the mother of Jesus who is of two natures (divine and human) but of one divine person (God) as based on divine revelation, we cannot but celebrate with joy and gratitude her birthday.

If we believe her immaculate conception, her glorious Assumption and coronation in heaven, how can we forget to celebrate the one whom heaven so preserved from corruption and honoured? The Virgin who accepted a pregnancy to which no man would claim responsibility, a clear display of her profound humility, total obedience and ardent chastity in the light of God’s eternal love.

We celebrate today the Noble Queen’s Birth!
Let all men and women of every nation on earth give her the hyperdulia! The birthday of the Queen of queens who gave birth to the King of kings is nothing but a universal celebration!

Apart from it’s often being an external show of joy in which a multitudes may gather to feast with rich foods and choicest wines, a celebration is an internal attitude of gratitude, appreciation and love.
May God accept our gratitude for the gift of the Blessed Virgin Mary to humanity. Heaven rejoices as earth gladdens for the gift of the Blessed Virgin Mary to humanity. Mary must be honoured in our lives everyday!

Happy feast day of the nativity of Mary our Mother. May the Blessed Virgin Mary continue to pray for us.

Love

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