May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/122014.cfm

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. 

Mary’s yes to the angel Gabriel is the response we all need to make when the Lord asks us to serve Him. She was a single woman who said yes to becoming pregnant in a time when she could be stoned. But she trusted in the Lord, she was open to his word and knew that He would not leave her alone. Do you have that faith? Do you trust? Are you willing to listen to the words of Mary and do as she did? The Lord will not desert you or leave you, He will always be with you. 

Prayer: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. I place my life in your hands Lord and ask for your guidance, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen. 

Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.

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