Emmanuel Stimulus – Good News for September 8

8 09 2009

Matthew 1:18-23

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about.

When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.”

The Daily Path: Today is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s the first reminder that we are drawing steadily closer to Advent. Sadly, it also warns me that in just a matter of days Macy’s and other retailers will give birth to a new Holiday shopping season. Soon we’ll enjoy sleigh bells at the mall, although the thermometer will still read 80 degrees. The “biggest sales of the season” will be heralded with newspaper supplements every other day. Television advertising will quickly shove Thanksgiving aside and get straight to the business at hand. Making money. We’ll hear that Christmas shopping is good because it stimulates the economy. CNN will track leading and lagging indicators. The media will tell the story of a woman who is sent to the hospital after she’s crushed by a stampede of bargain hunters… people who cared more about saving money than the fellow human being who’s fallen body stands in their way.

On this day, let’s recall that the Angel of the Lord told of the coming of God. That He would soon be with us in human form as the baby Jesus. Rather than entering this frenzied madness to stimulate the economy, let’s begin stimulating a new outlook in the months leading up to the celebration of the Savior’s birth.

Starting today, consider this: How we can begin preparing the gift of ourselves? Lasting gifts to the Father, those we love, and to the fallen stranger laying before us.

Only 108 days left to wrap yourself up!