My Daily Reflection and Prayer: Monday, 8 December 2014

DEAR my friends, Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 1:26-38 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, […]

DEAR my friends,

Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ.

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According to St. Luke, the angel Gabriel salutes Mary as “full of grace”. Why? It’s because she is chosen to become the mother of the Savior, Jesus Christ. She is enriched by God with gifts to enable her to assume this awesome role.

She has expectant faith that opens the power of God’s kingdom in our lives. Her faith and obedience for sure unlocks the grace of God in her life. So the angel says and as well we pray, “Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord be with you!”

Mary’s prompt response of “yes” to the divine message is a model of faith for us. She believes God’s promise even when it seems impossible. She is full of grace because she trusts that what God says is true and will be fulfilled. She is willing and eager to do God’s will, even if it seems difficult or costly.

Surely, in Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we worship God through Jesus Christ who gives us the grace to say “yes” to His will and to His transforming work in our lives. He gives us grace and expects us to respond with the same willingness, obedience, and heart-felt trust as Mary has done. Let’s believe in God’s promises and yield to His grace.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, pour us with abundant grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Help us to live a grace-filled life as Mary, Your mother has done by believing in Your promises and by giving You our unqualified “yes” to Your will, forever and ever. Amen.

Pastoran Sanjaya Muntilan
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