Tuesday, December 19, 2017
WEDNESDAY, 3RD Week of Advent
December 20, 2017 – WEDNESDAY, 3RD Week of Advent
[Misa de Gallo, White, with Gloria]
Is 7: 10 - 14 / Lk 1: 26 - 38
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 Yahweh 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 him Immanuel."
From the GOSPEL READING: Lk 1: 26 - 35, 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 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.." ....
Then Mary said, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said."
Both readings today speak of the coming of the God-made-man. In the first reading Yahweh gives a sign to Ahaz, "The Virgin is with child and bears a son and calls him Immanuel." In the Gospel reading, the Angel Gabriel tells the maiden Mary, "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 incarnation of the Son of God is an unimaginable show of God's immense love for us. Mary's generous acceptance of God's invitation to her is a model for all of us of obedience and love of God, "I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me as you have said."
St. Louis Mary de Montfort wrote, "Mary's strongest inclination is to unite us to Jesus, and her Son's strongest wish is that we come to him through his Blessed Mother."
WE PRAY FOR MTQ DAILY PRAYER INTENTIONS:
MARY ELIZABETH GUCE
For the well-being during pregnancy of Joie Juan.
For the healing and recovery of Arnie Kunz and Ronald Kunz.
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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