Friday, October 06, 2017
SATURDAY, 26TH Week in Ordinary Time
October 7, 2017 – SATURDAY, 26TH Week in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of the Rosary
Acts 1: 12- 14 / Lk 1: 26- 38
Pope St. Pius V established this celebration in 1573 originally in honor of Our Lady of Victory in thanksgiving for the victory of the combined Christian forces against the Ottoman navy at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571 off western Greece. The victory was attributed to Mary's intercession and the Holy Rosary.
From the GOSPEL READING: Lk 1: 28, 30- 33, 38
The angel came to her [Mary] and said, "Rejoice, full of grace, the Lord is with you."
"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, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said."
We sometimes think God is so far away, that he does not make his presence felt, that he does not speak to us and show his care for us. But nothing can be farther from the truth. Though it is unlikely that our Lord would show himself to us or send us an angel, nevertheless our Lord always tries to speak to us. He wants us to know his will and he does so in various ways: through the Holy Scriptures, the sacraments and our spiritual guides. Even amidst our ordinary daily activities he tries to whisper to us to tell us what he wants from us, to inform us of the things which make us happy. He speaks to us through our conscience, reminding us to avoid evil, to be patient, to understand and forgive, to love. He speaks to us when we pray and spend moments of quiet with him.
The problem is that we do not give enough time for God and prayer; we do not have time to become intimate with the Lord when we can ask him to speak to us. We spend our day busy with our daily lives, often forgetting there is a God who waits for us. It becomes difficult to hear him in our busy days.
But it is not impossible if we only allow our Lord to speak to us and we try to listen to him. Are we able to set aside quiet time with the Lord each day when we can speak to God and we allow him to speak to us? The length of time depends on each one of us.
We go to our Mother Mary and ask her to help us to be like her, attentive to God's whispers, ready to listen to him, constantly prepared to follow his inspirations.
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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