MY daily reflection and prayer:
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Second Week of Advent
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
GOD chooses some people to fulfill his mission to save us. In today’s Gospel we read the calling of the Virgin Mary. God is the one who takes the initiative. God sends his messenger, the Angel Gabriel, to the Virgin Mary to communicate his choice.
After hearing God’s messenger, the Virgin Mary gives her best answer. She says, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” In fact, her generosity answer perfectly echoes God’s.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, while adoring Jesus Christ we learn to say “Yes!” like the Virgin Mary. It is surely a new opportunity for us to imitate Mary’s excellent example. She has dedicated her life to saying “yes” to everything God has asked of her.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, give us the courage to offer you our lives as a blank sheet of paper, so you can write whatever you wish upon it. You are always calling us to be more like you every day! Grant us the grace, motivation, and good examples of others to be generous like the Virgin Mary, your Mother and ours, now and forever. Amen.