READINGS for 2006-03-25
Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
?Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.? ? Luke 1:28
When I have a child of my own, I want it to be a girl. I want her to have my eyes and my husband?s eyebrows, my nose and his mouth, my skin and his bone structure. I want her to have my compassion and his dedication, my intelligence and his intuition. I wonder if Mary ever pondered what she wanted her child to be like. Did she wish that he becomes tall, or have a commanding presence, or be handsome, or have a humble heart like hers? Was she afraid of her child being born ?different?, or odd, because of his supernatural Father? I?m guessing none of the above, because from all indications, Mary received her child with nothing but humility and joy. I think that?s what comes from having complete faith with God. You don?t have to worry about things like appearances, or other people?s perception, because you already know that God?s will is always best. So if my child turns out to have my husband?s chinky eyes and large nose, with my gigantic lop ears and bad teeth, and amount to nothing but a humble servant of God, well, I hope I mimic Mary?s trusting heart and realize how greatly blessed I am. Cez L.
Thank you Father, for bringing to forth those that I need.
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Isaiah prophesies the end of the siege of Jerusalem within a period of nine months, the time it takes from conception to the birth of a child. Christians have always seen this prophecy as one associated with the birth of the Messiah as Matthew records in the first chapter of his Gospel. It is important for us to understand that the Scriptures, like most forms of writing, can have many levels of meanings. Let us pray that the Lord will illuminate our minds and hearts according to the meanings that He wants us to discover.
10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz: 11 ?Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!? 12 But Ahaz answered, ?I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!? 13 Then he said: ?Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary my God? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. 8: 10 which means ?God is with us!?
Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11
G O S P E L
26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin?s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, ?Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.? 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, ?Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.? 34 But Mary said to the angel, ?How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?? 35 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. 36 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; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God.? 38 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.
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GOD BECOMES A MAN
In the history of theology, there has been much discussion around the question of whether or not God planned the Incarnation (the Son of God becoming man). Is the Incarnation a result of our sin and need of redemption or would it have happened anyway even if we had not sinned in the first place? I am inclined to believe that the Incarnation is a part of the whole overall plan of salvation. St. Thomas Aquinas, on the other hand, tends towards the opposite.
Jesus, thank You for Your willingness to take on human form in order to redeem us. Help me to fully understand the depth of Your love for me so that I will more easily move in obedience to Your will out of love for You. Lord Jesus Christ, pray for us .
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