10 Again the LORD spoke to Ahaz,
11 “Ask a sign of the LORD your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.”
12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, and I will not put the LORD to the test.”
13 And he said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary men, that you weary my God also?
14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanu-el.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.28 And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!”29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.32 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,33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
34 And Mary said to the angel, “How shall this be, since I have no husband?”
35 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.36 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.37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”38 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.
ISAIAH THE PROPHET is instructed by God to visit Ahaz to assure him that Judah will not be conquered by the Syrian king who was plotting against the Israelites. Ahaz was not convinced of Isaiah’s words to the extent that he asked for a supernatural sign from God. With that said, Isaiah foretell that God will reveal and manifest Himself to a “young woman” who will conceive a son; the Messiah who will be named Emmanuel which means “God with us,” who shall save the Israelites.
THE GOSPEL READING: We can deduce from the text that the angels visitation to Mary occured when she was already six months (v 26) into her pregnancy. The angels response to Mary’s discomfort (v 30) suggest that the incarnation; the Word became flesh, sixth months before or at the point of the angelic visitation!
Mary’s surprise (v34) response; “I have no husband” does not in any way suggest that she was not betrothed to Joseph, however Mary merely affirm that she and Joseph never engaged in the conjugal act. St Matthews account that the birth of Christ took place “before they came together” (Mt 1:18,25) attest to the fact that the incarnation was a supernatural act of God, moreover it does not imply that Mary’s chaste state would discontinue. It is false and blasphemous to interpret St Matthew narrative to mean that Joseph and Mary had engaged in the conjugal act prior or post their marriage union!
LET US PRAY: Psalms 24:1-6
The earth is the LORD’s and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; 2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation.6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
Author. Henry R SYLVESTER
Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.
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