Friday, March 24, 2006
Annunciation of the Lord
March 25, 2006
Annunciation of the Lord
ISAIAH 7:10-14; 8:10
The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying: Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz
answered, "I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!" Then Isaiah
said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary
people, must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord himself will
give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and
shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us!"
Brothers and sisters: It is impossible that the blood of bulls and
goats take away sins. For this reason, when Christ came into the world,
he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you
prepared for me; in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, 'As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do
your will, O God.'" First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in."
These are offered according to the law. Then he says, "Behold, I come
to do your will." He takes away the first to establish the second. By
this "will," we have been consecrated through the offering of the Body
of Jesus Christ once for all.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called
Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of
David, and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you." But she was greatly
troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might
be. Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have
found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a
son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called
Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of
David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and
of his Kingdom there will be no end." But Mary said to the angel, "How
can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" And the angel said
to her in reply, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of
the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will
be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month
for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God."
Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me
according to your word." Then the angel departed from her.
Gabriel was bringing to Mary the most precious bit of news ever
delivered into our world. A new dawn was approaching. The long-sought
Messiah was to be conceived, indeed, a far greater Messiah:
But the messenger who speaks to Mary brings tidings not only of joy but
also of pain. Without hesitation Mary responds "yes" to the Messenger.
Her words of acceptance echo the words the Letter to the Hebrews puts
on the lips of her son when he enters our world: "I have come to do
your will, O God," and they echo also the words her son will speak in
Gethsemane: "Not my will, but yours be done." Mary says, "I am the
maidservant of the Lord, let it be done to me as you say."
Good news never comes to us in unalloyed form, untainted, that is,
unaccompanied by pain. The pain however is but the Gospel's challenge
to all to whom it is addressed, to respond, "Thy will be done on earth
as it is in heaven."
We pray -
- for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
- for the speedy recovery and healing of Bernardita Galero.
- for the speedy recovery and healing of Dionisio Galero.
- for the personal intentions of Mian Atencio.
- for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Filbert Aaron G. Tiu
- In Memoriam (+): Consuelo Cunanan (Mar 24, 1914 - Jan 8, 1981)
- for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our
prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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