Monday, December 08, 2014

The Immaculate Conception: Day 8

Alleluia SEE LK 1:28
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel LK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
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,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
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.
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 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.

A brave woman, she was, this young woman named Mary. Such faith. Such trust. Such belief. Such acceptance. We could only hope to do half as well!

A tradition that has gone on for many years now-where a group of bloggers (and anyone is welcome to join) will post for the first 12 days of December images that represent the Mother of Jesus. It ends on the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Some will write amazing words of inspiration and prayer. Others tell a story. Often, the image alone conveys the message and that is enough.
Come see what others have shared over at Rebecca's page. Feel free to join in with us whether if it's for one day or all 12!


rebecca said...

inspired always
by her acceptance and grace.
love you paula, enjoy this gift of a day.

Gillena Cox said...

her yes, that remarkable yes; thanks for sharing with us today

much love...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I'm rather certain that I would be greatly troubled by the angel's greeting too!

Pursuing Solitude

gma said...

Blessed miracle.

Redondowriter said...

I had forgotten that today was Mary's feast day. Thanks for the reminder. She is beautiful.

Meri said...

Can you imagine being the young woman receiving the visitation?

Hettienne Grobler said...

Yes indeed! Such courage and willingness

Hettienne Grobler said...

Yes indeed! Such courage and willingness

Lenora said...

I am sure i would be terrified!


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