March 25, 2015 WEDNESDAY, THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Is 7:10-14, 8: 10 / Heb 10: 4-10 / Lk 1:26-38
First Reading: Is 7:10-14, 8: 10
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.
Second Reading: Heb 10: 4-10
And never will the blood of bulls and goats take away these sins.
This is why on entering the world, Christ says: You did not desire sacrifice and offering; you were not pleased with burnt offerings and sin offerings. Then I said: "Here I am. It was written of me in the scroll. I will do your will, O God."
First he says: Sacrifice, offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire nor were you pleased with them—although they were required by the Law. Then he says: Here I am to do your will.
This is enough to nullify the first will and establish the new. Now, by this will of God, we are sanctified once and for all by the sacrifice of the body of Christ Jesus.
Gospel: Lk 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 [Mary] 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 name 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.
Isaiah had prophesied, "Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The Virgin is with child and bears a son and calls his name Emmanuel. He will live on curds and honey by the time he learns to refuse evil and choose good."
Mary was a young Jewish maiden engaged to be married to the carpenter Joseph when the angel Gabriel came to her: "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with 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. . . . 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."
Mary generously and courageously accepted God's invitation, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said." Mary's acceptance reflects her holy life unsullied by sin and her fidelity to God. She is the perfect example of how we should live our lives, in the service of God and of others. By living out love which affirms our faith, the hand of God can work in our lives for change and the happiness of people and the world.
We lead our lives in the context of our relationship with God: we fulfill our religious obligations such as Sunday Mass and family prayers; we work for the food and sustenance of our families; we take care of our families and the education of our children. Have we been good to our subordinates and our neighbors? Have we been fair to those who work for us? Have we cared for the needy and the homeless?
With Mary our Mother as our model we pray that our hearts and minds may be open to God's urgings and inspirations. May we be filled with the Spirit and be desirous of being more faithful to our Church and be more helpful to those in need. Like Mary at the Annunciation by the angel, may we generously respond to God's will for us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER DIARY INTENTIONS:
MARIO P. ESCALANTE
MS. SHIRLEY TAN
SHARLYN ROSE GO KAW
IN MEMORIAM (+)
STEWART (1960-1993) & FRANCES VALERIE LIAO (1963-1993)
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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