HE WILL RENEW YOU…

Zephaniah 3:14-18 
14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear evil no more.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
18 as on a day of festival. “I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.

Luke 1:39-56 
39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.”

46 And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; 49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, 52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.

MEDITATION

ZEPHANIAH THE PROPHETS canticle  “Dies Irea,” (vv 14-17) is a joyous Zion hymn that is sung at a requiem Mass for the repose of the souls of the dead. 

This hymn also foreshadow the coming of the Messiah Christ the King, who shall gather His people from arround the world; enter into their midst and in a mystical way remove their sins and restore them back to their state prior to the fall of man in the Garden! The prophet call upon us to fearlessly face the future so that Yahweh may not be dissipointed and disapprove us! 

THE GOSPEL READING tells the story of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth who was in her sixth month of pregnancy. Mary wished to spend time with Elizabeth and introduce the Son of God to her also. As soon as Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, her child john leaped in her womb as she sang a hymn of praise and thanksgiving at the surprise visit of Mary and Jesus! Mary in turn respond with a canticle whereby she give thanks and glorify God who has done “great things to [her]” meaning that God has sanctified and prepared her to receive the body of Christ Jesus. Moreover, Mary is a flagbearer who seek to visit and draw all people to her Son! 

Today’s gospel reading traverse the stories of two blessed women who by divine inspiration were gifted to birth men, John a new covenant Prophet and Jesus the Messiah. Before our Lord took His last breath, He bequeathed Mary to be our mother also. Jn 19:26 To be clear, Catholics adore and worship [latria] Christ, however we give reverence [dulia] to Mary. Let us not squander the opportunity to indulge and seek the intercession of Mary the mother of God, asking her to direct her Son to remove disaster from us, and renew us including those who died albeit imperfectly, in a state of grace. 

LET US PRAY: Isaiah 12:2-6 

2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” 3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. 4 And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; make known his deeds among the nations, proclaim that his name is exalted.5 “Sing praises to the LORD, for he has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. 6 Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.”

Commentary. 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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