Today we celebrate Mary’s birthday. The prophet Micah alluded to her birth when he said the Lord would give up Bethlehem until the coming of her who is to give birth to the one to rule Israel. We might connect Bethlehem's long wait with our Christmas carol where we sing of Bethlehem’s “deep and dreamless sleep.”
We know nothing of Mary’s birth or childhood. Perhaps her lack of early celebrity status is something that nobodies like us can identify. It’s like Emily Dickinson’s poem”
“I’m Nobody! Who are you?
Are you - Nobody – too?
Then there’s a pair of us.
“On this day, Oh beautiful Mother,
O this day, we give thee our love.
Near thee, Madonna fondly we hover,
Trusting thy gentle care to prove.”