On the Nativity of Our Lady

Today the Church celebrates the feast of the birth of Mary of Nazareth. Saint Peter Damian captured the elation Christians should feel on this day: “Just as Solomon and the chosen people celebrated the dedication of the Temple with great and solemn sacrifice, so should we be filled with joy at the birth of Mary. Her womb was a most holy temple. There, God received his human nature and thus entered visibly into the world” (Sermon 45).

The Old Covenant temple was constructed of the finest materials, by the most superlative craftsmen in the world. No expense was spared. In like manner, God himself was the architect of the one whom he knew from all eternity would be the Mother of his Son, and he ensured that Jesus would have an Immaculate “house of gold”, as the Litany of Loretto calls Mary, in which to dwell. No person was ever closer to Christ. Since Mary knows him best, so let us fly to her patronage and intercession as we seek to worship the divine Messiah.

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