For a more enriching experience,
go down on your knees to pray or take it one step further
and prostrate yourself (lay face down) on the floor while praying.
Father, today's reading below is very interesting as it reveals how important it is to have a sense of identity. In our day and time we call it a label. All the same, back in the days of Jesus and throughout history, certain individuals have certain reactions to certain labels. Mary accepted her role (label) and owned it boldly, loudly, proudly with dignity and courage. She never backed away when others had a problem with her being a single, unwed mother who still claimed to be a virgin. And Jesus, there was never a doubt from the beginning of the spoken word from Gabriel who Jesus was and what His role would be. As Jesus grew and matured, He stepped into His name and label with courage, never submitting to a fight to defend it. He simply stood in His God-given identity, even when others had a problem with It.
Just as Mary and Jesus had many roles and labels, so do I. There are many hats that I wear, many roles that I play and many labels to describe me so that others will not only know who I am but 'understand' who I am. If I don't understand my identity, then how can I expect others to understand me? Thank You for this awareness, to stand boldly, loudly, proudly with dignity and courage in the person that you created me to be. My care is not what others think of me, it is what You think of me.
Through Jesus Christ's Most Precious Blood, Most Sacred Name and Most Holy Face, I thank You for this awareness. Amen~
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke
16 So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.
17 When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this Child.
18 All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.
19 And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.
20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.
21 When eight days were completed for his circumcision, He was named Jesus, the name given Him by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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