Monday

LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE OF LOVE OF THY NEIGHBOUR

Luke 2: 1-7

The Birth of Jesus

(Isaiah 7:10-16; Micah 5:1-6; Matthew 1:18-25)

4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house and family of David,

5 To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was with child.

6 And it came to pass, that when they were there, her days were accomplished, that she should be delivered.

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

 
The Third Joyful Mystery brings us to the birth of Our Lord in Bethlehem – the great event where Jesus Christ is born among men to fulfil His mission to redeem His people (Matt 1:21; Lk 19:10)
This mission was to take place in the context of God’s Kingdom. In his message to Mary, Gabriel said that Jesus would inherit the throne of David, and that there would be no end to His Kingdom. But what we see at the Nativity event in Bethlehem looks nothing like what we expect of kings and royalty. Jesus was not born with pomp and ceremony in the high palaces. No – He was born in Bethlehem, in the obscurity of a cave used as a shelter for animals. 
So, this Mystery reveals the humility in Christ’s mission. Not only was His mission marked by the humble beginnings in the cave-stable; but even the proclamation of the Kingdom would continue in this humble vein, even as Christ – a man without a place to call home (Matt 8:20) – would later appoint unassuming fishermen to the high office of Apostles.
By virtue of our baptism, Christ continues to call each and every Catholic to proclaim the Gospel of His Kingdom. But as we meditate on this Joyful Mystery, we are reminded that we are to do so with the humility of Christ.

Our Father......


1.  Suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream, and said to him:  "Joseph, son of David, have no fear... 
It is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived this child."  (Mt. 1: 20)  - Hail Mary...


2.  "She is to have a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins."  
(Mt. 1: 21)  - Hail Mary...


3.  All this happened to fulfill what the Lord has said through the prophet:  The virgin shall be with child and 
give birth to a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel, a name which means "God is with us."  (Mt. 1: 22-24)
- Hail Mary...


4.  In those days Caesar Augustus published a decree ordering a census of the whole world.  And so Joseph 
went to Judea, to David's town of Bethlehem - because he was of the house of David - to register with Mary, his 
espoused wife, who was with child.  (Lk. 2: 1), (Lk. 2: 4-5)  - Hail Mary...


5.  While they were there the days of her confinement were completed.  She gave birth to her first-born son and 
wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger.  (Lk. 2: 6-7)  - Hail Mary...


6.  There were shepherds in that region, living in the fields and keeping night watch .... over their flocks.
(Lk. 2: 8)  - Hail Mary...


7.  The angel of the Lord appeared to them ... and they were very much afraid.  The angel said to them:  "You 
have nothing to fear!"  (Lk. 2: 9-10)  - Hail Mary...


8.  "I come to proclaim good news to you - tidings of great joy.  This day in David's city a savior has been born to 
you, The Messiah and Lord."  (Lk. 2: 10-11)  - Hail Mary...


9.  Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying:  "Glory to God 
in high heaven, peace on earth to those on whom His favor rests."  (Lk. 2: 13-14)  - Hail Mary...


10. They went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger;  once they saw, they 
understood what had been told them concerning this child.  (Lk. 2: 16-17)  - Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
 



All of Bethlehem was dark and quiet when the Savior made his entrance into the world, and his first home was in the protective circle of Mary’s arms. Imagine how Mary’s heart shone with a love spanning the tender, protective love of a mother holding her baby in her arms and the profound adoration of a soul adoring her Creator and Lord in the flesh. This was a day of fulfillment and joy—one of many along a path also rich in crosses. Nine months ago, she had given that first “yes” in the garden. Now it had become a life, a beautiful baby. It was so clear now that everything—even the future crosses that would be her “birth pains”—were worth it. In our lives too, there are times when God asks us to make a choice that we do not fully understand, and the blessing reveals itself only later in time. Once the blessing comes, we understand that the only way to understand God’s plan was to live it. In this mystery, ask Mary for the grace to believe in the blessings that were promised in your own life, even if they seem slow in coming. The most exquisite flowers sometimes take the longest to develop.
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