Isaiah 7:10-14 
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.

Luke 1:26-38 

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.


THE FIRST READING: Inspired by the words of Isaiah who coached him to stand his ground and not give in to the fearmongering of Rezin and Pekah, Azah refused to test the will of Yahweh and ask for a sign to validate their false claims, that a foreign king will be set up in Jerusalem. With this said, Ahaz received a revelation from the LORD that a young woman shall conceive a son named Emmanuel, meaning ‘God is with us’ presupposing that Christ shall reign as King over the people of Judah!

THE GOSPEL READING: Being one of many consecrated maidens who spend most of their lives waiting, hoping and praying that one of them would be the bride of the Messiah, Mary left the temple to marry Joseph, however she would continue to uphold the Nazirite vow (Num 6) to remain a virgin all her life. With this said, Mary is utterly gobsmacked (v34) when the angel of the Lord told her that she was to conceive a child, knowing full well that she has not violated the Nazirite oath to be a perpetual virgin even in her married state.

We who have sworn an oath to not desecrate our bodies and or remain committed to our spouse in marriage or to live the consacrated life as a priest or religious sister, must take our cue from Mary, Elizabeth and their spouses who refused to put God to the test or question His wisdom. Christ call upon us to block out secular scaremongering on matters of human identity that is intent to test our will and besmirch our hands, hearts, mind and soul. Instead let us remain committed to the sacred sacramental vows we have sworn to in Christ, so that we may find favor in with and through Him. 

LET US PRAY: Psalms 24:1-6 

1 A Psalm of David.
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]

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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