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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we saw his glory - Daily Bible Readings March 25,2015

1ST READING
 
 
Ahaz is counseled by Isaiah not to put his trust in an alliance with another worldly power in order to beat off the siege of Jerusalem but to place his trust in the Lord. Ahaz does as Isaiah counsels but at too many other instances in Israel’s history, Israel gives in to the temptation of wanting immediate assurance and fails to place their trust in the Lord. This opens the door to the worship of alien gods in the life of Israel, as each of the alliances brings with it certain compromises in Israel’s faith stance.
 
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
10 The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying: 11 “Ask for a sign from the Lord, your God; let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!” 12 But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!” 13 Then Isaiah said: “Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary people, must you also weary my God? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel 8:10 which means “With us is God!”
 
P S A L M
 
Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11
R: Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
6 [7] Sacrifice or offering you wished not, but ears open to obedience you gave me. Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not; 7 [8] then said I, “Behold I come”; (R) In the written scroll it is prescribed for me. 8 [9] To do your will, O my God, is my delight, and your law is within my heart!” (R) 9 [10] I announced your justice in the vast assembly; I did not restrain my lips, as you, O Lord, know. (R) 10 [11] Your justice I kept not hid within my heart; your faithfulness and your salvation I have spoken of; I have made no secret of your kindness and your truth in the vast assembly. (R)
 
2ND READING
 
No matter how many animal sacrifices we might offer, still nothing compares to simple obedience to God’s will. In obeying His will, we discover the fullness of life which is not available through any other means. Mary stands before us as a perfect example of what obedience to God means. Let us follow her example.
 
Hebrews 10:4-10
4 Brothers and sisters: It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats takes away sins. 5 For this reason, when Christ came into the world, he said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; 6 in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight. 7 Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.’” 8 First Christ says, “Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in.” These are offered according to the law. 9 Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.” He takes away the first to establish the second. 10 By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
 
GOSPEL
 
Let us be inspired by Mary and follow her example. If we do what Jesus asks us to do, then the dream of world peace, the true experience of the brotherhood of Man, would be just around the corner. Let us do our part in making God’s will known to the world.
 
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we saw his glory.
 
Luke 1:26-38
26 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, full of grace! 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.
 
think: Mary stands before us as a perfect example of obedience to God. Let us follow her example.
 
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