Mental Prayer Support Podcast – Christmas series
Christmas 3 – The annunciation: Jesus is coming
In this series we’re meditating upon the most important events related to Jesus’s Nativity.
If it’s your first time here, go to the introduction series, where we show how to get the most out of theses prayers.
This meditation is about the Annunciation, when angel Gabriel announces to Mary her conception and the upcoming birth of Jesus.
This announcement is another example that nothing is impossible to God.
The same God is here with you.
When the angel appeared, he started by saying: Hail full of grace, the Lord is with you.
The angel Gabriel was sent by God to announce to Mary His plans. The very meaning of the word angel is “messenger”. So Gabriel said exactly what God wanted him to say, and it started with this beautiful greeting, full of meaning that shows how God prepared Mary to such a great mission: giving her His grace. The angel invites Mary to rejoice because God is so close to her, and that she has been highly favored by Him: all graces of God are upon her.
This sort of praise had never been addressed to someone before in the scriptures.
Mary was really troubled by Gabriel’s words.
Luke 1: 28-35
And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “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. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
The angel said that Jesus, her child, will be the son of the Most High, will be a king and his kingdom will have no end.
Mary woke up that day as a simple girl from Galilee. But now she is proposed to be the mother of God.
Her mission would change her life and the whole world.
Her little baby would be a king, and the Son of God.
Nothing is impossible for God.
There should have had so many things Mary would like to ask. Gabriel revealed God’s plan with a few words, but it would impact greatly her life. Then Mary asks “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” Different from doubt, Mary would like to be prepared and know what to do.
Then Gabriel says that God Himself will make this happen, she will conceive through the Holy Spirit therefore, Jesus has a unique relationship with the Lord: He is Son of God. And Mary is mother of God.
Then Mary accepts her mission (vocation).
Luke 1: 34-35
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “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.
Luke 1: 38
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1: 48-49
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
Can you imagine how Mary might have taken care of this little baby in her womb?
If every good mother does everything possible for their children, even more Mary knowing the importance of her baby, the son of God.
We are temple of the Holy Spirit, we receive Jesus in communion. Let’s take care of God in us, like Mary. Let us be pure like Mary, git rid of our sins and don’t sin anymore.
In addition to the Sunday mass, you can also choose one day during the week in the next two months and take special care when receiving Jesus in communion.
What Child is This Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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