On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 20, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

We often pray sometimes without the actual words but in our minds, asking or rather wanting signs that the Lord God is listening to our prayers. That He is really present, especially in our lives. Where is our faith? Why do we doubt? Have we done our part in the relationship the Lord desires to have with us?

Jesus is Emmanuel! God with us. Just as it had been foretold so had it been fulfilled. He is with us for all eternity. Have we prepared room in our hearts for Him? Have we heard His Word speaking deep into our being? Have we had daily conversations with Him through our prayers?

Let our contrite hearts cry out to Him and He will surely come. He will take away all the obstacles that prevent us from having that deep, loving relationship with Him. Nothing is impossible for the Lord our God. Through the example of our dearest blessed Mother, let us always say,”Let it be done according to Your Will. O Lord.” Amen

First reading
Isaiah 7:10-14

The Lord spoke to Ahaz and said, ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign for yourself coming either from the depths of Sheol or from the heights above.’ ‘No,’ Ahaz answered ‘I will not put the Lord to the test.’
Then Isaiah said:

‘Listen now, House of David:
are you not satisfied with trying the patience of men
without trying the patience of my God, too?
The Lord himself, therefore,
will give you a sign. It is this: the maiden is with child
and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel, a name which means “God-is-with-us.”’

Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

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