It is a beautiful truth that the date of the birth of every one of us was written in the stars, and was known in the mind of God long before it actually came to pass. Each of us is willed, each of us is unique, and each of us is a new expression of the creative power of God. Indeed, each of us, and our role in the unfolding plan of salvation history, is awesome to behold.
But, for all that, none of our birthdays occupy a place on the General Roman Calendar of Liturgical Feasts. That distinction belongs only to three people in all of history: Our Lord, His Mother, and His Cousin (Saint John the Baptist). Indeed, they were a family of overachievers.
Today we celebrate the birth of the one who was born so that from her the Savior could be born. In her Immaculate Conception the first rays of the new dawn appear, and in her birth the day of salvation begins to come upon us. It is the day of the Son, and it’s a day in which the entire world is given the opportunity to live. It is a day without end.
“Impart to your servants, we pray, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin may bring deeper peace to those for whom the birth of her Son was the dawning of salvation. Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. AMEN.” – Collect for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary