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Daily Mass Reflections - 12/20

Updated on December 21, 2021

“The Virgin Mary teaches us what it means to live in the Holy Spirit and what it means to accept the news of God in our life. She conceived Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit, and every Christian, each one of us, is called to accept the Word of God, to accept Jesus inside of us, and then bring him to everyone.” ~ Pope Francis

One of the genuine benefits and privileges of attending Daily Mass is the opportunity one gets to reflect upon key Gospel Passages frequently, oftentimes within a relatively short period of time. Granted, it is at times challenging for those of us who possess mediocre (at best) writing skills to cobble together a few cogent thoughts on a particular passage once, much less two, three or even four times, you come to realize that reading Scripture is not simply the gathering of information; it is instead formation, wherein God is shaping our thoughts and feelings through these words that “will never pass away” (Matthew 23:35).

Today’s Gospel (Luke 1:26-38) tells the story of the Annunciation. “Thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus….The Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” the Angel Gabriel proclaims to the pure and humble young handmaid of the Lord, the one who would go on to become the Queen of Heaven.

Yet in a few days we will read of their tumultuous, jagged journey to Bethlehem. There would be on room at the Inn for Joseph and Mary. No room anywhere for Jesus. I wonder at times if the same holds true today.

As we strive humbly to love and serve Jesus, we must seek quiet with him. We will come to revel in the words “be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). When we make room for Jesus, truly opening up our hearts to him, then we learn to enjoy his peace. The silent night is truly in fact a holy night.

Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory (Psalm 24)

O God, eternal majesty, whose ineffable Word the Immaculate Virgin received through the message of an Angel and so became the dwelling place of divinity, filled with the light of the Holy Spirit, grant, we pray, that by her example we may in humility hold fast to your will. ~ Amen

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