Saturday, December 21, 2013

Sanctity of Life Sunday - Mary Said 'Yes'

It may seem to be over-simplification but we owe so much gratitude to Our Blessed Mother for her 'yes' to God - bearing His son Who would sacrifice His life for our sins. As we approach the final days of Advent, may we be mindful of the sacrifice made for us - both by Jesus on the cross and His mother who made His birth possible under less than ideal circumstances.

Mary said 'yes' and the ultimate gift become ours...

As we read the Gospel at Mass on this fourth Sunday of Advent, we should express our gratitude to both Mary and Joseph for heeding the message of the angel Gabriel. Mary's 'yes' gave us the gift of the season!

18Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;
19and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
20But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;
21she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
22All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23"Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name shall be called Emmanuel" (which means, God with us).
24When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took his wife,

Matthew 1: 18 - 24