The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary : Thursday, 8th September 2022

Daily Word Of God

Matthew 1:18-23

This is how Jesus Christ came to be born. His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph; but before they came to live together she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a man of honour and wanting to spare her publicity, decided to divorce her informally. He had made up his mind to do this when  the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because she has conceived what is in her by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son and you must name him Jesus, because he is the one who is to save his people from their sins.’

Now all this took place to fulfil the spoken by the Lord through the prophet: The virgin will conceive and will give birth to a son and they will call Immanuel, a name which means ‘God is with us’.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Mother Mary with strong and single-minded faith simply told the Angel Gabriel that she would do whatever God wanted her to do. St. Joseph also obeyed the angel’s message without delay and dispute.


  • Although living God’s Will was very difficult, such as having to flee to Egypt to escape Herod. The holy family was always safe from harm and evil because they obeyed and trusted God.


  • All of us should follow Mary’s and Joseph’s examples of deep and great fidelity in their faith in God. Then we will realize that if we follow God’s ways in our   lives, everything will always work out best for us.