Gift: Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.
Reading: Now 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. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:18,21)
Observation: Why do we Catholics make such a big deal about Mary? For me, after today it will be because she finally purged me from a sin that I was struggling with. Before today, I did the “33 days to morning-glory” retreat, and read about how the indwelling of the holy Spirit in Mary makes her flesh worthy of honoring. We know that she intercedes for us as our spiritual Mother, at the right hand of God, alonside her son as the queen in Heaven.
Personification: Gentleness. I will display the fruit of gentleness by remembering the gentleness of our Mother, the Virgin Mary when she intercedes for me in Heaven. She would not implore God in haste and anger, because she is in union with Him through the incarnation of His Son, Jesus. I hope to display the same gentleness when imploring God’s people to more closely follow His will in their life, while remembering to pray for the indwelling of the holy Spirit in me, because of the consumption of His Son’s flesh in the Eucharist.
Prayer: Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary, that anyone who fled to your protection, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother. To you do I come. Before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me…I ask for the continued grace over my family to grow into the family that God intends it to be and to be a beacon for all people displaying the love of God…I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!
- Saturday (September 8): “They shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’ “ (shechina.wordpress.com)
- Devil’s most dreadful enemy (leytesamardaily.net)
- How Would God Create His Mother? (arecatholicschristian.com)