8 Sep Tue - The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

9/7/2020 6:35:15 PM
Mic. 5:1-4 or Rom. 8:28-30 /Ps. 12:6 /Mt. 1:1-16,18-23 (Ps Wk III)

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The grace of being immaculately conceived meant that Mary never doubted herself or God. So, when addressed by the Angel Gabriel, she was able to accept what God was asking of her with complete freedom even though it meant abandoning her own human plans - after all, she was already engaged to be married to Joseph.

In St Luke's Greek text, Mary's first response to the angel can plausibly be understood as a reference, not to some earlier plan of perpetual virginity formulated for herself - the usual explanation, which is so fraught with difficulties - but a concerning reference to the consequence for Joseph: how can that be because in that case, I cannot know a man (i.e. "I cannot marry Joseph").

God's request simultaneously revealed to her the more profound mystery inherent in the prophecy recorded in the book of Isaiah (7:14) and repeated in Matthew's Gospel (1:23). Because of God's gift of sinless Freedom to her, Mary's thoughts were not on herself but upon the "significant other" in her life, a trait we see in her visit to Elizabeth and her approach to Jesus, apprising him of the young couple's difficulty.

Mary, Mother of God, free from all sin and from all self-referencing, intercede for us that we may be freer from all that is self-centred and self-referencing in our lives.


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9月8日( 二 )   聖母誕辰慶日


米該亞先知書 5:1-4 
或羅馬書 8:28-30
聖詠 13[12]:6
瑪竇福音 1:1-16,18-23

始胎無玷這個恩寵,意謂瑪利亞從來不懷疑自己,也從來不懷疑天主。所以,當天使加俾額爾給她報喜時,她能完全自由地接受天主的邀請,儘管這意味著她要放棄同若瑟的婚約,準備好要嫁給他的計劃。按路加福音的希臘文版本,這樣有一個可能的意思:瑪利亞最初對天使說的話,可合理地被理解為,她並非早已有守童貞的計劃(這是常見的解釋,卻產生許多難題),而是關注事情對若瑟的影響:「這事怎能成就?因為若是這樣,我不能認識男人(即是說:我不能嫁給若瑟)」。與此同時,天主對瑪利亞的請求,亦給她啟示了一個更深的,那隱藏於依撒意亞先知書的預言(7:14),及在瑪竇福音中重複(1:23)的奧秘。因為始胎無玷,瑪利亞有一份全然的自由,她想到的,並非自己,而是她生命中的「重要人物」,正如我們從她探訪依撒伯爾及她在加納婚宴中告訴耶穌新人缺酒所看到的她的特質一樣。

天主聖母瑪利亞,您無染原罪,貞潔無瑕,沒有只注重自己。請您為我們代禱,願我們都能關注別人的福祉,不以自我為中心。


DAILY READINGS

PRAYING WITH THE CHURCH
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(theology.org.hk)

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