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Tuesday Fourth Week Advent

James 1:21: Get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
  PRAYER FOR THE DAY ...
Heavenly Father, with the help of your Holy Spirit, today we willingly and determinedly give up the immoral habits in our life. We recognize that these not only offend your holiness and grace, but also solidify us to your will, and blunt our witness to others. Please forgive us and sustain us as we seek to live a life wholly pleasing to you. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 20, 2011)
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
First Reading: Isaiah 7:10-14
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 24:1-2,3-4ab,5-6
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Lectionary: 196
Colour: Purple
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 1:26-38)
We observe the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy and the describing of God's plan of redemption in the occasions leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah King. The new era of deliverance starts with the astounding conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. This child to be born is conceived by the cordial action of the Holy Spirit upon Mary, who finds goodwill by God. How does Mary respond to the word of God carried by the angel Gabriel? She knows she is hearing something ahead of human capability. It will certainly take a miracle which exceeds all that God has done previously. Her question, “how shall this be, since I have no husband” is not encouraged by doubt or cynicism, but by wonderment! She is a true hearer of the Word and she right away responds with faith and trust. Mary's timely response of "yes" to the divine message is a replica of faith for all believers. Mary believed God's promises even when they appears impossible. She was full of grace because her faith that what God said was true and would be satisfied. She was willing and eager to do God's will, though it seemed difficult or expensive. Mary is the “mother of God” because God becomes incarnate when he receives on flesh in her womb. God gives us grace and he expects us to respond with the same readiness, obedience, and sincere trust as Mother did. When God commands he also gives the help, strength, and means to react. We can either yield to his grace or oppose and go our own way. Do we believe in God's promises and do we surrender to his grace?
Yesterday:

Fourth Sunday Advent

Tomorrow:

Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent


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