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Nativity Novean

Nativity Novean

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Novena to the Infant Mary
1. Sign of the Cross2. Hymn:
 
A hymn suited to the theme of the day
3. Daily Readings
August 30 :
Mother Mary teaches us to love God and love our neighbour:
Lk. 10: 25-37August 31
: Mother Mary teaches us to love the Church.
Acts 1: 12-14September 1 :
Mother Mary invites us to listen to the word of God and live byit
. Mt. 12: 46-50September 2 :
Mother Mary invites us to pray.
Lk. 11: 5-13September 3 :
Mother Mary invites us to do God’s will in our life.
Lk. 1:26-37September 4 :
Mother Mary invites us to lead a life of faith.
Mt. 8:23-27September 5 :
Mother Mary invites us to praise God.
Lk. 1:45-56September 6 :
Mother Mary calls us to partake in the passion, death andresurrection of the Lord.
Jn. 19:25-30September 7 :
Mother Mary invites us to repent and believe in the good news.
Jn. 3: 16-21
4. Reflection on day’s reading
Day One: August 30: Lk. 10: 25-37: Love God and love your Neighbour
 This story of the Samaritan can be viewed through the lens of an act of kindness,compassion and generosity. I believe that this story calls for a very deep innerconversion of attitude and cultural bias out of which I can define humanrelationships. The Jews and the Samaritans had defined each other on ethic andcultural grounds. The parable, like the Word of God, ‘is a two edged sword piercing until it divides soulfrom spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of theheart.’(Heb 4:12). It invites me to cut deeply into my own heart and to identify whereany prejudice, bias or resistances to love may reside; where I might be unprepared toopen up and to be changed by the Word of God.
 
Perhaps a question for today is “Who is not my neighbour and why?” Who are thoseexcluded from my love and my life? Who are those, whose perceived unacceptablebehaviours might irritate me and so I leave them out in the cold? Against whom do Idiscriminate and why? This parable calls each and every one of us to allow God as the Kind Samaritan to healour hearts and our minds from all discrimination, prejudice and cultural bias, so that we can receive our neighbours in just relationships and with integrity of heart.
Day Two: August 31: Acts :1:12-14: Love the Church
 The Reading from the Acts of the Apostles shows us the source of strength for thoseearly communities. They prayed together and they prayed frequently, especially attimes of decision and crisis. Today we see the apostles praying along with several women among who was Jesus' mother. There are many examples in the Acts of the Apostles of the apostles and otherfollowers of Jesus praying together, very often with the "breaking of bread", thecelebration of the Eucharist. They prayed especially on important occasions such aselections, laying hands on ministers, when new rulings were issued in the name of theChurch and, naturally, during times of persecution."On most occasions it is a prayer of asking and also to obtain pardon, prayer of praise,thanksgiving, finally witness to the faith: 'calling on the name of Jesus' is the hallmarkof the Christian". Prayer must always be central to the life of the Christian and allprayer is getting in contact with God, from whom all good things come and who is theultimate destination of all our living.We should all try to set aside some time to spend with God in prayer. We know thatthe excuse "we don't have time" is not very convincing. It is amazing how easily we findtime for many things we don't really have to do, like time spent in front of thetelevision set, gossiping and day dreaming. Just think how we re-arrange our workingday when there is a feast or match! We will pray when we realize how meaningful it is, when we realize that it is a very special time that eventually we would not want tomiss.
Day Three: Sept. 1: Mt. 12: 46-50: Listen and live by the word of God
A family is a source of love and acceptance and a stronghold of support andencouragement. But we are not limited to the blessings of a physical family. Jesushinted at the existence of an extended family which has the benefit of leaving all tofollow Him and even if it meant leaving one's physical family. He used the opportunityto describe that family, as His physical family sought to speak to Him, who made upHis "spiritual" family. He used the occasion to express His deep affection to Hisdisciples, who had left everything to follow Him, and emphasized the fact that ourspiritual relationship with His eternal Father is more important than our intimate buttemporal kinships here on earth.Which is our true family today? If it is only our physical family, we are settingourselves up for a great disappointment. If we want a family that will last for eternity,make sure that our bond is a spiritual one, joined together by a mutual faith inChrist, working together as we do the will of our Father in heaven. What have youdone for your true family lately? Have you gotten to know your brothers and sisters inChrist? Are you growing in your love for them? Are you encouraging them to do the
 
Father's will? Are you in the family of Jesus? No matter what kind of physical family you may have been born into, you have the opportunity by God's grace to be born intothe wonderful family of God!
Day Four: September 2 : Lk. 11: 5-13: Pray with confidence and trust
We are encouraged to ask boldly, knowing that we can trust God. The writer of Hebrews encourages us, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, sothat we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews4:16). We are to come with a confident asking, seeking, knocking. God our Fatherdesires to hear our petitions and we are entirely open with him. Prayer is not a time tohide what is going on inside us, but to share it openly with our Father whom we knowloves us and understands us and seeks good for us. We can trust him, even though we might misunderstand an issue, or ask for the wrong thing. Trust your Father to give you good gifts, even when you ask incompletely or perhaps wrongly. He is not peevish or petulant. He loves you. Don't ever, ever fear to pray to your Father. You can trust him to do you good, and not evil. Don't be satisfied with where you are or what you have. Your Father is wealthy beyond all imagination. Andhe wants to meet your needs with abundance, "according to his glorious riches"(Philippians 4:19). So speak up. Now is the time to joyously and expectantly ask andseek and knock in prayer to your Father. Expect his best gifts to be yours. Holy Spiritis the Father's very best gift to us. It is the gift of himself to dwell with us and withinus forever. How marvelous! Do you long for a full portion of the Holy Spirit? Jesuspromises that your Father in heaven will give you the Holy Spirit if you ask him.
Day Five: September 3 : Lk. 1:26-37: Doing God’s Will
God lavishes his grace upon all who believe in him. He shows his favor to the lowly, tothose who are humble and receptive to his word. How does Mary respond to the wordof God deliverd by the angel Gabriel? She knows she is hearing something beyondhuman capability. It will surely take a miracle which surpasses all that God has donepreviously. Her question, “how shall this be, since I have no husband” is not promptedby doubt or skepticism, but by wonderment! She is a true hearer of the Word and sheresponds with faith and trust. Mary's response of "yes" to the divine message is amodel of faith for all believers. Mary believed God's promises even when they seemedimpossible. She was full of grace because she trusted that what God said was true and would be fulfilled. She was willing and eager to do God's will, even if it seemed difficultor costly.God gives us grace and he expects us to respond with the same willingness,obedience, and heart-felt trust as Mary did. When God commands he also gives thehelp, strength, and means to respond. We can either yield to his grace or resist and goour own way. Do you believe in God's promises and do you yield to his grace? Are you willing to seek his will and do it in all circumstances of your life believing that God will walk before you to the promised land prepared by Him.
Day Six: September 4 : Mt. 8:23-27: Lead a life of Faith
 The message of the passage is rather straightforward: Jesus has authority overnature. He has the authority to do all the things that He said He came to do. Theauthority that Jesus has is usually demonstrated by His mighty works, His miracles.

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