SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE LORD
Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10
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.10 Take counsel together, but it will come to nought; speak a word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.
4 For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sins.
5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings thou hast not desired, but a body hast thou prepared for me;6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings thou hast taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Lo, I have come to do thy will, O God,’ as it is written of me in the roll of the book.”
8 When he said above, “Thou hast neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),9 then he added, “Lo, I have come to do thy will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
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: Ahaz the King of Judah took to heart the guidance of the prophet Isaiah, when he refused to entertain the fearmongering of Pekah and Resin who threatened to replace him with a new king. Instead he made it clear that Yahweh shall give a sign that a young woman shall bear a Son with the name Immanu-el, which means God will be made present to the people.
THE AUTHOR of the letter to the Hebrews makes the point that whilst Yahweh ordered and accepted the OT animal burnt sacrificial offerings, it was found to be lacking.Yahweh thus abolished the OT Rite when He promised to send His Son who instituted a New Covenant Sacrifice that; truly sanctify—take away mans sin by setting him or her apart, making holy those who partake of the sacrificial meal. Lk 22:15-20
St LUKE chronicle that most stupendous wondrous consumative event when God literally betrothed Mary and appointed Joseph to be the guardian of the ark of the New Covenant to save mankind from the allures of Satan. As a consequence of Mary’s submission and Joseph’s assent, Satan’s head has truly been crushed, because the imprudent evil sins committed by Gods people shall be expiated and sanctified by the offering of Christ in the Sacrifice of the Mass, because we have found favor with God!
LET US PRAY:Psalms 40:7-11
7 Then I said, “Lo, I come; in the roll of the book it is written of me;8 I delight to do thy will, O my God; thy law is within my heart.”
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; lo, I have not restrained my lips, as thou knowest, O LORD.10 I have not hid thy saving help within my heart, I have spoken of thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness from the great congregation.11 Do not thou, O LORD, withhold thy mercy from me, let thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness ever preserve me!
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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