March 25, 2017 - SATURDAY, ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Is 7:10 -14; 8:10 / Heb 10:4-10 / Lk 1:26- 38
FROM THE 1ST 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 God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The Virgin is with child and bears a son and calls his name Immanuel."
FROM THE 2ND READING: Heb 10:5- 7
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, 0 God."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: Lk 1:30- 35
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 the 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."
The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is easily captured in one word, "Yes." We are all familiar with the story of the incarnation of the Son of God through the generous availability of the maiden Mary. After some questioning and calming of her fears, Mary readily yields in faith and trust to the invitation through the angel Gabriel to be the Mother of the Son of God.
To what do we believe God is inviting us now? What are our fears and reservations in responding to various urgings of God? Do we worry about fears and raise questions when we perceive God calling and inviting us to do and offer something? Such would be perfectly normal and understandable when asked for something we are not familiar with which brings about apprehensions, reservations and even fears. What we have to watch out for is that such fears and apprehensions do not paralyze us. For we know that there is always something beautiful and fulfilling for us if God asks and invites us.
Is Jesus challenging us to a deeper faith in him? Are we being called to reconcile and make up with those who may have hurt us? Are we asked to do charity work or to be more involved in the life of the Church through our parish? Are we able to forgive ourselves for our shortcomings and weaknesses, realizing the great understanding and mercy of God? Are we being led to truly unexpected challenges or undertakings?
It is important to see that such invitations are always in the context of our participation in the mission of salvation initiated by the Lord Jesus. It is only in this wider context that we may be able to appreciate that our positive response, our "Yes," enhances the reign of God and is thus a fulfillment of Jesus' promise that he will always be with us.
God wants only one answer, our generous "Yes." Are we willing to take this risk with God as Mary did with the announcement by the angel Gabriel? It may not be easy (Mary's heart was pierced by many swords) but we could rest assured God will always be with us in any undertaking. God was always with Mary in support of her generosity and fidelity. God will be the same with us.
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
SHARLYN ROSE GO
KAW SHIRLEY TAN
IN MEMORIAM (†)
& 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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