ANNOUNCEMENT – THE ANGEL ANNOUNCES MARY THAT SHE WILL BE MOTHER OF THE SON OF GOD – THE YES…A Virgin will conceive We contemplate the annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Our Lady and the incarnation of the Word of God in her womb. “Here is the servant of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your word” – here we see in Mary selflessness, humility, love for God and self-giving. Meditation: Today the Lord calls us to say yes to Jesus; born in our heart in our life, giving meaning to our earthly life and accepting God's plan for our salvation. We contemplate the visitation of Our Lady to Saint Elizabeth. “And leaving in a hurry, he went to the mountains to stay with his cousin who was already in her old age and was pregnant”…. Isabel greets her: You are blessed... how can I deserve my Lord's MOTHER to visit me, when you walked through the door the child jumped in my womb. Mary answers: “My Soul glorifies the Lord… My spirit exults in God My Saviour!” Humility and self-giving in favor of the most needy; today God calls us to work in his vineyard, to step out of our comfort and to seek out those in need; not only of bread, but of love, support and knowledge of the word of the Lord. We contemplate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Such a great and powerful God comes to us… the Word of God becomes flesh, leaves His divinity and becomes a poor mortal like us in everything but sin. Jesus shows us that nothing we have or possess in this world matters compared to what is to come… the most important thing: eternal life. The pride of an angel who wanted to be God begot sin. And the wages of sin is death… …humility is the key to all our salvation, purity of heart, sincere surrender to God is obedience, and the wages of obedience is eternal life. For whoever believes in myself, let him die, I will raise him up. The Holy Scripture is the way to find Jesus, when we get lost or deviate from that way, the consequence is pain and suffering. In the daily search for reading, studying and reflecting on the Bible, we can seek an encounter or re-encounter with Our Lord and then live these words and teachings as soon as possible. And, like Jesus, grow in obedience and take care of the Father's things.
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