The Gospel of Matthew begins with the ancestry of Jesus Christ. By citing His human lineage, we see the outline of God’s plan for salvation. Mary sits at the heart of this divine plan.

Mary’s birth reminds us that every person matters and has a role in God’s plan. If I do not respond, what might go undone?

O gracious God, today I celebrate the gift of Your love in the birth of Mary. May I celebrate her vocation by fulfilling my own.