Friday, March 25, 2011

Morning Prayer Guide - Friday

Read: Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 40:1-11, Hebrews 10:5-10, and Luke 1:26-38

Today is one of the major holy days of the Church year. It is the day where we celebrate Gabriel coming to Mary and announcing that she would be having God’s Son. The full title is, “The Annunciation of Our Lord Jesus Christ to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

The thing that makes today so special is the risk that Mary was taking. She is going to pay for this. She will be ostracized. Joseph probably won’t understand. Her father will be disgraced and will have to move to the back of the synagogue. The other women will shun her mother. She could be stoned for this. But take a look at her response. “Let it be to me according to your word.” (v. 38).

Have you ever found yourself in a situation that is going to cost you? How did it end? Was God working behind the scenes to make it work out? While none of us will ever be called upon to give birth to the Son of God, we are still called upon to do great things. How will you respond?

Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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