On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: December 22, 2016 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


How have we proclaimed the greatness of the Lord our God who has done great things in our lives? How have we given Him glory thanks and praise? Has our lips opened to speak of the actions of our hands in which we declared His love for humanity?

Would you offer up your greatest love and treasure to the Lord Your God to do as He Wills? Blessed are they who empty their hands by offering all to Him. Blessed are they who sing His praises when they part their lips. Blessed are they who stand ready to receive Him, then lead others to Him.

O Blessed Mother of Christ Jesus our Lord and saviour. Pray for us.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Now and forever. 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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