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Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
GOD KNOWS BEST
"May it be done to me according to Your word." – Luke 1:38
A young lady took up Nursing to fulfill her dream of going abroad. But try as she might, she flunked the board exams several times. Since she couldn't apply for a nursing job, she applied in an airline company. Having the looks and the height, she qualified as a flight stewardess.
She has been a flight attendant for more than 10 years and is now based in Europe. Her dream of going abroad was fulfilled but not in the way she planned it.
I believe that Mary also has her own dreams: to be a loving wife and mother. God fulfilled her dream but with a twist. She became the mother of God. Mary said yes to God even if she didn't know what lay ahead. She submitted to the will of God and because of her obedience, salvation came to us through her Son, Jesus.
We all have our own plans and dreams. But there are times that things don't go our way and our life takes a different turn. We only need to trust God and allow Him to direct our paths. For He alone knows best. Judith Concepcion (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Proverbs 19:21 says, "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the decision of the Lord that endures."
Lord God, take charge of my life. I surrender everything into Your care — my plans… my dreams… my future.
St. Harold, pray for us.
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God has worked in and through the most insignificant people all through the history of salvation. In fact, apart from Jesus, all the major figures of salvation history have humble and simple beginnings that are transformed by faith into the fulfillment of a promise of God. This is possible for our lives, too. The critical ingredient we supply is a willing and humble heart — just like that of Mary who surrenders all to the will of God.
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
10 The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: 11 "Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!" 12 But Ahaz answered, "I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!" 13 Then he said: "Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you
also weary my God? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. 8: 10 which means "God is with us!"
P S A L M
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
R: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
6  Sacrifice or offering you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not; 7  then said I, "Behold I come"; (R) "In the written scroll it is prescribed for me. 8  To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!" (R) 9  I announced your justice in the vast assembly; I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know. (R) 10  Your justice I kept not hid within my heart; your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of; I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth in the vast assembly. (R)
It is not the sacrifice of the blood of animals that God wants us to perform but the offering of our own lives in obedience to His will. Do you want to know what God wants from you? Then surrender all to Him and let Him lead you on the journey and adventure of a lifetime.
4 Brothers and sisters: It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. 5 For this reason, when he came into the world, he said: "Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight in. 7 Then I said, 'As is written of me
in the scroll, Behold, I come to do your will, O God.' " 8 First he says, "Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in." These are offered according to the law. 9 Then he says, "Behold, I come to do your will." He takes away the first to establish the second. 10 By this "will," we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
G O S P E L
Mary's "yes" will always be the most important affirmative answer in the history of the world. What is the second most important "yes"? That is right, our individual response to the offer of salvation. It may be a very short word but it is a most powerful one when combined with obedience to God's will. Let us seek to give that answer on a daily basis and so become the men and women that God created us to be, living in the fullness of His love all our days.
26 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and
pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 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, 33 and he will rule over the house of
Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?" 35 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. 36 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; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God." 38 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.
t h i n k : Mary's "yes" will always be the most important affirmative answer in the history of the world.
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Life is a Cyclone !
Preaching a homily for today is a challenge. We are very much into the season of Lent, when we prepare to celebrate Jesus' passion, death and resurrection. But the liturgy for this day asks us to commemorate the angel's announcement to Mary about her motherhood to Jesus. This makes us think of the joys of Christmas, when nine months from now we will celebrate Jesus' incarnation.
This is life. It is not a defined, layered and laddered experience. Life is a cycle, or more accurately, life is a cyclone: never-ending, simultaneous, overlapping, spiraling, web-like occurrences engaging us altogether. There are no pure moments of joy, as there are no pure times of pain and sorrow. There are wakes and funerals in December; there are baptisms and marriages in March and April. One family mourns as the world watches fireworks during the New Year. Endings easily become beginnings; beginnings are automatic endings of some things. Yes, come to think of it, there are really no real moments of "rests." The cycle and the cyclone
goes on and on.
In the midst of the maddening experiences we have about life, for us Christians, there is one important revelation: Jesus has gone through all our human experiences. In fact, Simeon called Him the "sign of contradiction." His birth was at the same time welcomed by the poor of Yahweh, feared by Herod and his court, questioned by the experts of Jewish Law.
Jesus comes as Immanuel, that is, "God-with-us." Today, this is what matters as we have the liturgy of the Annunciation to Mary. Today, we thank heaven for stepping into our earthly and human affairs. Today, heaven steps into human affairs not by changing everything in an instant, but by simply joining in. Isn't this cool?Fr. Domie Guzman, SSP
In what way is your life today a cyclone? What web-like flow of events and emotions are you going through now? Ask Jesus, Immanuel, to step into your life.
You are calm in the storm. You give joy amidst the sorrow. You are the only One who will always be there. Thank You for being Immanuel.
St. Harold, pray for us.
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