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MOTHER OF GOD – HE WAS NAMED JESUS – LUKE 2:16-21

Jakarta, 1 January 2018

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THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD: CHRISTMAS MORNING MASS – LUKE 2:15-20

Jakarta, 25 December 2017

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MARY DID PUT HER TOTAL TRUST IN GOD’S CARE

MARY DID PUT HER TOTAL TRUST IN GOD’S CARE

(A biblical reflection on THE FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT [YEAR B], 24 December 2017)

 

Gospel Reading: Luke 1:26-38 

First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16; Psalms: Psalm 89:2-5,27,29; Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27 

The Scripture Text

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have favour with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father  David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no husband?” And the angel said to her, “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. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38 RSV)

The word “Messiah” never appears in today’s Gospel; however, the author implies it throughout. The Jews expected the Messiah to be a descendant of David, whom Luke refers to in today’s Gospel and whom we hear about in today’s first reading. David was, at one time, the king of the Jews and a great military leader.

According to 2 Samuel 7, David felt guilty that has lived in a luxurious palace while the Ark of the Covenant (the box containing the tablets of the Ten Commandments) was kept in a tent. Because the Jews believed God was present wherever the ark was, David wanted to build a house (Temple) for both the Ark and the Lord. David abandoned his plans after the Lord revealed to the prophet Nathan in a dream, that He, the Lord, would build a house for David instead, God said this would not be a physical house but a royal household of people. David’s kingdom, according to God, would endure forever and His throne would always be firm. The Jewish people believed this meant one of David’s descendants would always govern them.

Long after David’s death, one enemy after another conquered the Jews, killing their kings and then ruling over them. Since God would not lie and was always faithful, many Jews concluded they had misunderstood the promises He made to David. They reasoned that God would one day fulfil His promises through one of David’s descendants. This person would be the Messiah.

That is why Luke carefully tells us that Mary was engaged to Joseph, a descendant of David, and that Mary’s child would one day occupy David’s throne. With these references, Luke shows us that legally (through Joseph), Jesus was a descendent of David and was also the Messiah. Jesus would rule over the house of Jacob (also called Israel; his twelve sons’ descendants make up the twelve tribes of Israel), a rule that will never end.

When Mary agreed to God’s request to be the mother of the Messiah, God didn’t tell her of all the sufferings and disappointments she would experience. Rather, she put her total trust in God’s care.

Source: Jerome J. Sabatowich, Cycling Through the Gospels – Gospel Commentaries for Cycles A, B, and C, pages 126-127.) 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, by Your Holy Spirit make me willing and able to quiet myself before You as Mary did. Open my heart to Your grace, so that through the angel’s message to Mary I can learn to believe in the incarnation of Jesus Christ, Your only begotten Son. Lead me to be a faithful disciple of Christ, by always saying “yes” to Your will. Amen. 

Jakarta, 22 December 2017 

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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – Solemnity: 8 December

Behold, the chaste Mother who knew no stain; she was chosen to be the Mother of God.

Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, above all women on earth.  The Lord God Himself has chosen you.

Fragrant is the scent of your perfume, immaculate Virgin. Let us follow in your footsteps.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we rejoice in the privilege of our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, which preserved her from the stain of sin by the power of Christ’s redeeming death, and prepared her to be the Mother of God. Grant that through her prayers we ourselves may come to you, cleansed from all sin. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holly Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 8 December 2017

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OUR LADY OF SORROWS – Memoria: 15 September

The martyrdom of the Virgin Mary, implicit in Simeon’s prophecy [Luke 2:33-35], is put before us in the story of our Lord’s passion. That venerable old man, Simeon, said of the infant Jesus: “This child is set for a sign that will be contradicted”; and to Mary: “A sword will pierce your soul”.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, when Jesus, Your Son, was raised up on the cross, it was Your will  that Mary, His mother, should stand there and suffer with Him in her heart. Grant that, in union with her, the Church may share in the passion of Christ, and so be brought to the glory of His resurrection. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 15 September 2017

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THE BIRTHDAY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – FEAST: 8 SEPTEMBER

The birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary announced joy to the whole world, for from her has risen the Son of Justice, our Lord Jesus Christ. He released us from the ancient curse and made us blessed. He destroyed death and gave us eternal life.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, the day of our salvation dawned when the Blessed Virgin gave birth to Your Son. As we celebrate her nativity grant us Your grace and Your peace. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 8 September 2017

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OUR LADY, QUEEN AND MOTHER – Memoria: 22 August

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, You have given us Mary, the Mother of Your Son, to be our Mother and Queen. Grant that, supported by her prayers, we may come to the Kingdom of Heaven and to the glory destined for Your children. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Jakarta, 22 August 2017

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