FRIDAY OF THE THIRD WEEK OF ADVENT DECEMBER 20, 2019


MASS READINGS:

A reading from the holy Gospel according to 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: "for nothing will be impossible for God."

In today's reading, Isaiah 7:10-14, the sign given to Ahaz was the prophecy that "the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel". In the gospel according to Luke today, the virgin conceived by the power of the Most High, the Holy Spirit. "For nothing will be impossible for God."

Advent is a time for discerning our past, present and future. How are we to live our lives in anticipation of the coming of the Lord? Is our goal to get to heaven? How does Mary's Fiat show us the way? Mary did not hesitate to say yes when the Angel Gabriel told her of God's plan for her.

God knows our future, in His time God reveals the future to us, and you can trust Him with your future. For now and the rest of Advent, consider Mary's yes --accept His words and promises, allow God to speak to your heart and in silence allow Jesus to grow in you. Spend time with God.

God Bless You


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