08 Sep Psalm 13:6 (The Nativity of Mary)
Posted on Tuesday 08 September, 2009
Let’s welcome God this morning by reflecting on this short Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which is based on Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
Let my heart rejoice in your salvation; let me sing of the Lord. “He has been good to me.”
Psalm 13:6 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “The Father made and redeemed us through the Son and the Spirit, but he did it for our sake–starting with Mary, in whom it was accomplished not only first but best. Do we detract from Christ’s finished work by affirming its perfect realization in Mary? On the contrary, we celebrate his work, precisely by focusing our attention on the human person who manifests it most perfectly.” by Scott Hahn, author of Hail, Holy Queen
OBOB snippets: “Because we are Christians, we are into birth. We are born again, “begotten from above” (Jn 3:3). We received a new birth through the waters of baptism (Ti 3:5). We are “born of the Spirit” (see Jn 3:8). We’ve been reborn through the word of God (Jas 1:18; 1 Pt 1:23). This love for birth and for what Jesus treasures leads us to joyfully celebrate the birth of Mary, Jesus’ mother and our mother (Jn 19:26). Mary was born so Jesus could be born of her. Mary is therefore declared to be “a sign of sure hope” (Lumen Gentium, 68). Her birth is “a birth unto hope” for all of us (1 Pt 1:3). “And this hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us” (Rm 5:5).
Let’s all invite one person each week (John 14:6
) to join our LIFE Group (>220 ProLife
Our Prayers: Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas in footnote below.
* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, refugees, addictions, persecuted believers, Peters family (JP in hospital), Stephanie Spader
(healthy pregnancy), Adrian Hermosillo (sister Angelica battling cancer).
Faith Quote: “Through [Mary], through [her] ‘yes’, the Hope of the ages became
reality.” (Spe Salvi, Pope Benedict XVI, 50)
Through Christ our Lord,
Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn
’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’* Fasting:
Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).* Defend the unborn:
‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer
1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).* Evangelization:
Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization
of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service (Matt 28:19