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

Monday, March 20, 2017

Reflection for Saturday March 25, the Annunciation of the Lord: 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:
What are you going to do if you receive a shocking news? Perhaps the first that would come to your mind is to pray and ask for guidance and strength from the Lord.

When Mary received the annunciation from angel Gabriel that she would be pregnant with the baby Jesus. She might have been in shock for a moment, then right after she perhaps prayed to the good Lord for guidance and strength. After which she was ok and with faith she accepted the will of the Lord for her.

The annunciation of the birth of the Lord Jesus conveys to us that nothing is impossible for God. That God can do miracles as He did to Mary. It convey to us that our God is a God of possibilities and miracles. Our God can make things happen for us for as long as we have faith and for as long as we have unwavering belief in Him.

If you somehow feel weariness with your journey with the Lord for the reason that nothing significant is happening to you. Do not lose heart, continue to journey with Him and trustingly hold-on to Him. For He will not forsake those who continue to trust Him. – Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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