Quotations:

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

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Reflection for April 4, the Annunciation of the Lord (Solemnity); 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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Reflection:
A seventeen years old teenager suddenly had an unwanted pregnancy she was in a quandary on how she would take care with this sudden gift from God. Her parents intervened and chose the criminal way to avoid the responsibility. They brought the teen to an abortion clinic and there they aborted the baby against the will of their child.

When the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she will conceive in her womb. Aborting the baby Jesus was never an option for her it never crossed her mind. Instead she humbly accepted the will of God for her. Mary humbly said: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord may it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

By her docility and humility Mary showed to us that she values very much the gift of life. She shows to us that life is precious and every life that comes out of a mother’s womb is a gift from God that we must protect with utmost love and care.

There are those who consider abortion for the flimsy reason that they are not yet prepared for the new responsibility. But if they will only carefully reflect on it they could actually handle the new responsibility. They are just afraid to handle the new responsibility.

Let us think about the thousands of aborted babies. What could have happened to them if they have not been aborted? They could have been productive citizens of this world and they could also have been responsible and productive citizens. That will care and nurture us when the time comes when we become gray and old.   

As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord. We are also being reminded by God that every life is precious. We have no right to decide to arbitrarily end the new gift of life that He may give us. 

Let us never ever consider abortion when unwanted pregnancy suddenly comes-up. For it’s against the will of God let us always be like Mary who accepted the gift of responsibility that God has given her. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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