First reading Numbers 6:22-27
|Responsorial Psalm Psalm 66(67):2-3,5,6,8|
|Second reading||Galatians 4:4-7|
Sabu lil Marija u lil Ġużeppi, bit-tarbija mimduda f’maxtura.
Lq 2, 16-21
R/. Tifħir lilek Kristu
To Treasure Revelation
Cycle AChristmasWeek Mary, Mother of God
MARIAN FEASTS IN THE GENERAL ROMAN CALENDAR
MARY IN SCRIPTURE
MEDITATING ON THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD AND GOD'S LOVE
THE ETERNAL HOLY TRINITY, ONE GOD...the Creator...who creates...
The attitude of Mary of Nazareth shows us that being comes before doing, and to leave the doing to God in order to be truly as he wants us. It is He who works so many marvels in us. Mary is receptive, but not passive. Because, on the physical level, she receives the power of the Holy Spirit and then gives flesh and blood to the Son of God who forms within her. Thus, on the spiritual level, she accepts the grace and corresponds to it with faith. That is why St Augustine affirms that the Virgin “conceived in her heart before her womb” (Discourses, 215, 4).
The obedient young virgin - who was pledged to be married to righteous and faithful Joseph, a descendant of David.
"Mary, in whom the Lord himself has just made his dwelling, is the daughter of Zion in person, the Ark of the Covenant, the place where the glory of God dwells.
[2 Sam 6:11] U l-arka tal-Mulej baqgħet f'dar Għobed-edom, il-Gitti, tliet xhur sħaħ. U l-Mulej bierek lil Għobed-edom u 'l daru kollha.
[Eż 40:34] Mbagħad is-sħaba ksiet it-tinda tal-laqgħa; u l-glorja tal-Mulej imliet it-tabernaklu. [Eż 40:35] Mosè ma setax jidħol fit-tinda tal-laqgħa, għax fuqha kien hemm tistrieħ is-sħaba, u l-glorja tal-Mulej kienet timla t-tabernaklu. [Eż 40:36] Kull meta s-sħaba kienet tintrefa' minn fuq it-tabernaklu, ulied Iżrael kienu jitilqu minn fejn ikunu. [Eż 40:37] U jekk is-sħaba ma kinetx tintrefa', anqas huma ma kienu jitilqu, qabel ma tintrefa' hi.
[Eż 40:38] Binhar kien ikun hemm is-sħaba tal-Mulej tistrieħ fuq it-tabernaklu, imma bil-lejl kien ikun hemm in-nar, li kienu jarawh ulied Iżrael fil-mixi kollu tagħhom.
[Apk 11:19] U nfetaħ it-tempju ta' Alla, li hemm fis-sema, u dehret l-Arka tal-Patt tiegħu fit-tempju tiegħu. Mbagħad beda jberraq u kien hemm ħafna ħsejjes u ragħad u theżhiż u silġ oħxon.
12. Id-dehra tal-mara u d-dragun
[Apk 12:1] U deher sinjal kbir fis-sema: Mara, liebsa x-xemx, bil-qamar taħt riġlejha, u b'kuruna ta' tnax-il kewkba fuq rasha.
The perpetual Virgin Mother who surrendered all her dreams...to God and who totally trusted in His will, to become the first fruit of evangelization !
Again and again the Holy Family bow down to God's will, leave Egypt and go in a safer place to ultimately settle in Nazareth, as is prophesized in Holy Scriptures
Gospel Mt 2:13-15, 19-23
the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt,
and stay there until I tell you.
Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.”
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night
and departed for Egypt.
He stayed there until the death of Herod,
that what the Lord had said through the prophet might be fulfilled,
Out of Egypt I called my son.
When Herod had died, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said,
“Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel,
for those who sought the child’s life are dead.”
He rose, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel.
But when he heard that Archelaus was ruling over Judea
in place of his father Herod,
he was afraid to go back there.
And because he had been warned in a dream,
he departed for the region of Galilee.
He went and dwelt in a town called Nazareth,
so that what had been spoken through the prophets
might be fulfilled,
He shall be called a Nazorean.
The faithful wife who esteemed the love from her husband Joseph; cared for him; looked after him when he was sick; mourned his death.
The supportive Mother, who was nurtured herself by the Risen Christ in the consecrated bread and wine during the Celebration of the Eucharist by the chosen Apostles - by then, empowered by the Holy Spirit, breathed upon them by Jesus Himself !
Mary’s places: The Dormition and The Tomb
Mary: Model of Spiritual Motherhood