On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 22, 2015 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

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Ask anyone and they will tell you that the toughest thing to do in life is letting go. Let alone letting go and offering it up to the Lord our God.

Letting go of our pride, our anger, our unwillingness to forgive. Letting go of our beloved ones and consecrating them to Him. Letting go of the control we think we have over everything and everyone. Letting go of sexual temptations, power, of wanting to be honoured.

When we let everything go and offer everything up to the Lord our God. Our hands are empty to receive His grace and gifts. We witness that He can and will change every curse into a blessing. He raises the standard and quality of all that we offer up to Him more than we ever can and still way more. We are ourselves transformed to become Holy as He is Holy.

And only then like our Blessed Mother Mary, can we truly magnify the Lord in all we say and do!

O dearest mother continue to intercede for us so that we may become more like you. And so our hearts, words and actions may be pleasing to the Lord our God. Amen

First reading
1 Samuel 1:24-28

When Hannah had weaned the infant Samuel, she took him up with her together with a three-year old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the temple of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was with them. They slaughtered the bull and the child’s mother came to Eli. She said, ‘If you please, my lord. As you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. This is the child I prayed for, and the Lord granted me what I asked him. Now I make him over to the Lord for the whole of his life. He is made over to the Lord.’

  There she left him, for the Lord.

Gospel
Luke 1:46-56

Mary said:

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.

Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.

Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.

He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart.

He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.

The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.

He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy

– according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

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