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Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on March 25, 2014

1b36c8e51fe7f1ce07e89e348c12244f_w600Gospel reading of the day:

Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, 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.

Reflection on Sunday’s readings: The town of Nazareth in Galilee likely had about 200 people in it around the time of Jesus’ coming into the world. It seems it was sufficiently down on its luck that the Gospel of John ironically asks, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” It is into this beguiling simplicity that an awesome announcement comes. Mary says, “Yes,” in a small house in a small town which most people knew nothing about, and those who knew anything about it held in little regard. But from that small “yes” in a small house in a small town with a small reputation came an event that forever altered the course of human history, for nothing is impossible with God in Mary’s life or ours.

Saint of the day: The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:26-38), his announcement that the Blessed Virgin had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord, and Mary’s fiat—her willing acceptance of God’s holy plan. Originally a feast of our Lord, but now celebrated as a Marian feast, the feast of the Annunciation dates back at least to the fifth century, and the date of the feast, which is determined by the date of Christmas, was set at March 25 by the seventh century.

The Annunciation, as much as or even more so than Christmas, represents Christ’s Incarnation. When Mary signaled to Gabriel her acceptance of God’s Will, Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit. While most of the Fathers of the Church say that Mary’s fiat was essential to God’s plan of salvation, God foresaw Mary’s acceptance of His Will from all eternity. The narrative of the Annunciation testifies powerfully to the truth of the tradition that Mary was indeed a virgin when Christ was conceived.

Spiritual reading of the day: The Christ within who is our hope of glory is not a matter of theological debate or philosophical speculation. He is not a hobby, a part time project, a good theme for a book, or a last resort when all human effort fails. He is our life, the most real fact about us. He is the power and wisdom of God dwelling within us. (Brennan Manning)

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