A Special Celebration – September 8, 2010 – St. Mary’s Birthday

For many hundreds of years this day has been a day of celebration and commemoration as the birthday of Jesus’ mother, Mary. Tradition tells us her parents were Joachim and Anne. Even though we have no Biblical account of her birth or early life, I am grateful she had the faith and courage to accept God’s decision to choose her to be the mother of our Saviour. Christians everywhere know the story of His birth, His life, His Passion and Death and His resurrection. Mary was among the first to know all of these, of course, because she lived through all of it with Him. Like her, let us resolve to be completely committed to her Son, Jesus, in everything we do. Like her, may we simply say, “May it be done unto me as you have said.”

Today, I also ask you to set aside a little time for a Wednesday Prayer Meeting. I ask all of you to pray for Peace, and for men of Peace to prevail. Like many people around the world, I am very concerned with this Pastor Terry Jones who believes he has a message from God to burn hundreds of copies of the Quran. I do not see that ending well for him or for our country. My prayer is that regardless of what he does, Peace will still prevail.

I also ask you to continue to pray for the people who are suffering oppression, terror, violence, war, disease, and famine all around the globe. If there is a way you can offer them substantive assistance in addition to your prayers, today would be a good day for that.

Remember also the people who will soon meet God face-to-face. Pray that their decisions about Jesus will culminate with the decision to give their lives to him and that they will know perfect Peace as well.

Toady I also ask you to pray for BA who has returned to his family in the final stages of his cancer. It is a difficult time for them, and BA, as he works toward accepting the inevitable. Pray that he will reconcile all things with his family – especially his children and his mom – and that he find Peace in sharing their comfort and concern.

Pray for those who are struggling with questions of faith, of service to God, or who are resisting His call for whatever reason. Pray that they will find Peace in simply saying “Yes. May it be done to me as you said.”

Lastly, pray for one another with tenderness and great fervor as a mother prays for her children. This is my prayer for you today, Beloved, that you will know the power of prayer through the eyes and heart of Mary the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, born of the virgin Mary. Strive to be as devoted to Him as she was every day of her life on Earth.

Peace be with you always.

Chick Todd
Age quod agis.

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American Roman Catholic reared as a "Baptiterian" in Denver Colorado.

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