Wednesday, December 19, 2012
THURSDAY 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
THURSDAY 3RD WEEK OF ADVENT – YEAR II
Is 7:10-14 / Lk 1:26-38
Once again Yahweh addressed Ahaz, "Ask for a sign from Yahweh your God, let it come either from the deepest depths or from the heights of heaven." But Ahaz answered, "I will not ask, I will not put Yahweh to the test." Then Isaiah said, "Now listen, descendants of David. Have you not been satisfied trying the patience of people, that you also try the patience of my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The Virgin is with child and bears a son and calls his name Immanuel.
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth. He was sent to a young virgin, who was betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. The angel came to her and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you." Mary was troubled at these words, wondering what this greeting could mean. But the angel said, "Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you. You shall conceive and bear a son, and you shall call him Jesus. He will be great, and shall rightly be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the kingdom of David, his ancestor; he will rule over the people of Jacob forever, and his reign shall have no end." Then Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" And the angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore, the holy child to be born of you shall be called Son of God. Even your relative Elizabeth is expecting a son in her old age, although she was unable to have a child; and she is now in her sixth month. With God nothing is impossible." Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." And the angel left her.
In Luke's first chapter is the announcement to Mary that she would conceive and bear a son to be called Jesus. "Let what you have said be done to me." Mary's answer is free consent. Her strong faith in the Word of God enables her to say "Yes." The angel leaves her to carry on her responsibility. We see here a very concrete example of how our words, thoughts, and actions ought to be one with God. Because Mary is completely imbued with the Word of God, she is able to become the mother of the Word Incarnate (VD#26).
Now that we are nearing the birthday of Jesus, the Word Incarnate, let us ask the Lord for the grace to always be attentive to his word and to respond freely to it, like Mary.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of
- Mon Torres
- Fleur Torres
- Ditas dela Paz
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Marcus Ng
- Birthday: Ma. Paz K. Fabella
- Wedding Anniversary: Toto & Ami Panganiban
- Wedding Anniversary: Dr. Emelito & Arlene Roxas
- In Memoriam (+): Mary Yang
- In Memoriam (+): Ana Danaque
… for families who are in need of healing
… 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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