The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary : Friday, 8th September 2023

Daily Word Of God

Luke 5:4-11

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?

  • Mary’s “silence” of her conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit reveals a single-minded commitment to be faithful to God’s Will. She remained faithful throughout her life on earth.


  • The “strength” of Mary comes from the Holy Spirit to whom she is deeply in tune with and intimately connected in her daily living.


  • Are you in tune with the presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart? Do you live a discerning life that strives to live in God’s Love and Ways daily?