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, I Love today's reading below. The Annunciation to Mary by the Angel Gabriel of the birth of Christ had to come as a shock to her and something that seemed crazy-impossible. Mary's response was just incredible! Without hesitation or reservation she was in from the get go. Sure, she said, "Well how can this be? I am Virgin," but those words probably passed over her lips out of curiosity, not out of disbelief. So then the Angel Gabriel tells her how the whole thing was to go down. Then she basically said, "I'm ready, let's do this." Mary was not thinking about how her pregnancy would be impossible, she only thinking about how it would be possible. I absolutely Love this Scripture because her Faith was automatic and reflexive. Her response was basically, "It's so Good, it must be True!" She accepted the role and mission of being an unwed mother when she could have been stoned to death or ostracized from the community for it. Mary was incredibly brave, faithful and obedient. Thank You for showing me her Love for You on this Feast Day of The Annunciation and what is truly possible with You and through You.
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
26 In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin's name was Mary.
28 And coming to her, he said, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you."
29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
30 Then the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus.
32 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,
33 and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end."
34 But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?"
35 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.
36 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;
37 for nothing will be impossible for God."
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.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to You Lord Jesus Christ
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