I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, August 21, 2015

Reflection for August 22, Saturday the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Luke 1:26-38

Gospel: 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.
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Are you ready to humbly obey God’s will for your life?

In our gospel we have a model of humility  and obedience to the will of God and that is the Blessed Mother, she submitted herself to God’s will. With trepidation she humbly embraced the will of God for her to bear in her womb Jesus. Why was the Blessed Mother selected by God to be the mother of Jesus? When she was not the only woman during that time? There were many of them but amongst them she found favor with God.

It was her selflessness it was her humility; perhaps God scouted many women to become the mother of Jesus. But the Blessed Mother was way above the others simply because of her self-sacrifice, humility, obedience and faith. God knew beforehand that Mary would not take advantage of the honor which He will give her. God knew that Mary had in her immaculate heart obedience. This is the reason why she said to the angel: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

In the midst of our disobedience to God.  God wants us all to model our lives upon the Blessed Mother: Her humility, her altruism and her total embrace of the will of God for her. God is challenging us to hold close in our hearts and emulate the virtues of the Blessed Mother.      

If there are people whom we have been estranged with for so long let us humbly reach-out to them. If we are selfish it’s about time that we become selfless and if we have not been obedient to the will of God let us embrace it now.

Are you ready to humbly obey God’s will for your life? - Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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