Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary : Tuesday, 8th September 2020

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 an upright man and wanting to spare her disgrace, decided to divorce her informally.

        He had made up his mind to do this when suddenly 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 what the Lord had spoken through the prophet:  Look! the virgin is with child and will give birth to a son whom 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?

  • If Our Mother Mary did not respond to God’s Will that His Son be born through the Holy Spirit in her womb, our salvation history would be different.


  • Mary gave up everything fully: all her comfort, dreams and doubts, for the sake of God’s plans.


  • When Mary said “yes” to God’s plan, she trusted that God would somehow make it possible for Joseph to overcome much confusion and pain. How far and how willing are we to entrust God with our lives?