Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 24:1-6, Luke 1:26-38


O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!

Isaiah 7:10-14, Psalm 24:1-6, Luke 1:26-38

Isaiah 7:10-14

My soul's beloved, whether or not we ask for signs they are all around us. The signs of the Father's awesome love for us, signs of the Holy Spirit working in our lives so we can make to choices that are necessary to lead holy lives, signs of the great love You have for us which is made manifest in the Sacraments. Through them You touch our lives at the deepest level and You enable us to desire to love You in return.

Everything around us speaks of Your Presence, for all that lives, breathes and moves give You glory. All that is created was created so that we could experience Your love, Your power, Your majesty, but above all Your mercy and tender compassion. 

The greatest signs are these that God pierced time and space, choosing a young Virgin from whom He took flesh and became incarnate and God permitted Himself to be nailed to a Cross and take upon Himself the worst of us all so He could become  for us our all in all - making of us sinners sons and daughters of God.

Psalm 24:1-6

My soul's beloved, how could we be sinless when the sin of Adam and Eve has tainted us and all creation bringing death and destruction into the world. How could we ever become clean again? There was no way that we could regain that which was forever lost. The devil's envy of human beings caused us to lose our inheritance. He first lost it and would see us all damned before we could receive what he had deliberately given up because he thought himself equal to God.

Who could ascend the mountain of the Lord again? How could we ever stand before Him in the holy place? How could we ever become clean of heart once more and have what was lost restored forever?  But God found a way. Love always finds a way. The Father asked You to become one like us and You did become like us in all things except sin. You entered into the world, You became a Man, and You bridged the unbridgeable chasm that yawned between heaven and earth. Thank You for restoring what the first man lost. Thank You for the hope we now have in You and for the reward that we will receive when we choose to accept You as our Lord and our Savior. We will see the Face of God when we seek You and we will live.

Luke 1:26-38

My soul's beloved, in a few words the most unbelievable event in all history unfolds when God sends the Angel Gabriel with an invitation to a young girl who until then lived a quiet, hidden life known to none except those around her. She herself never imagined that she would be the recipient of such extraordinary favor. Yes, she knew the prophecy, but she would consider herself too unworthy of such an honor. She was a young girl with plans. She was betrothed to Joseph and would soon go to his home as his wife. Then suddenly everything changes. She is bewildered, a little afraid, and shaken by this extraordinary revelation. How can this be? One can almost hear the tremulous question whispered from her lips and the Angel says,

“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, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary's response must be our own when You invite us to collaborate with Your divine plan to establish  the Kingdom of God in the world so that You can reign in the hearts of all.

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

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