September 8, 2021 Wednesday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time-B THE NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Micah 5:1-4 or Romans 8:28-30
Psalm 13

Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or Matthew 1:18-23

The Lord says: You, Bethlehem…From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old…  Micah 5:1

Of her was born Jesus who is called the Christ.  Mt 1:16

Lord, you came into our world after a long line of famous and not-so-famous men and women. Throughout all the centuries of mankind you were preparing the way for the moment when a woman would be conceived unlike any other. A woman unstained by sin who would be offered the opportunity to be your mother and to change the world forever. You gave this virgin a chaste husband, Joseph. The prophets foretold how your plan for us would come to completion and become your first dwelling place among us. It all depended on the “Yes” of Mary to the angel. Untarnished by sin she risked everything to follow the will of God. Thank you, Jesus, for such a holy and blessed woman who you would, from your cross, give to us as our mother. Lord, how do you want to use me to bring about your kingdom today? May the example of Mary’s and Joseph’s courage and faith encourage me to answer your call. 

Happy Birthday, Mary.  Hear our prayers and perfect them.  Be our advocate and bring our needs and hopes to your Son.  Amen.