Sunday, March 24, 2019
ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
March 25, 2019 – MONDAY, 3RD Week of Lent
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, O God."
FROM THE GOSPEL READING: 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 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 for ever 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.
When we reflect upon the Annunciation, we are able to contemplate the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God. When we celebrate the Annunciation, we are proclaiming the wonderful news that God chose to become one of us. Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to a Child who shall be called Son of the Most High.
And yet, this Son of God is also truly human, the son of the maiden Mary. He is man like us in all things except sin. He is a man who shares our joys and our sorrows, our pains and joys. And because this man is also God, we now have a God who can relate to us completely because he has humbled himself to share in our humanity. In the Annunciation, we rejoice with Mary in the knowledge that our God has come to be one of us and with us.
The Incarnation and the death and Resurrection of the Son of God are the central mysteries of Christianity. In our celebration of these mysteries in the liturgy we rejoice that God became a man, died on the cross and rose from the dead to save us from our sins and to open heaven for us.
We thank God for becoming a man like us and remaining God and man for us at the right hand of the Father.
We thank his mother Mary for giving her generous fiat to God's invitation to be God's mother.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Fr. Ismael Jose V. Chan-Gonzaga III S.J.
Samaetha Emei Joson
IN MEMORIAM ( +)
Stewart (1960-1993) & Frances Valerie Liao (1963-1993)
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