Friday, December 19, 2014
Saturday 3rd Week of Advent
December 20, 2014
Saturday 3rd Week of Advent
(O Clavis David)
Is 7: 10-14 / Ps 24: 1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6 / Lk 1: 26-38
Reading: Is 7: 10-14
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.
Gospel: Luke 1: 26-38
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 if 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 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.
Can you imagine how Mary must have felt during this time? She was very young, a virgin, and not to mention engaged, when an angel of God told her that she would be pregnant with the Son of God. But instead of questioning God or rejecting what the angel said, she immediately accepted it and blindly obeyed God. Can we say that we will do the same?
We must surrender everything that hinders our complete trust in God. Mary had complete and utter faith in what God was doing in her life. She had a very servant-like attitude; I think we should aspire to be like that. When God gives us a difficult or impossible task, will we doubt, or will we listen?
We pray ...
... for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn
... for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary
... for families who are in need of healing
... for world peace and reconciliation
... for the eternal repose of the soul - Rozelle Digal, Joseph, John, Jose
... for the special intentions of Eliza
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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