DAILY MASS READINGS (March 25, 2019)


Reading 1 (ISAIAH 7:10-14; 8:10)

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying:
Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God;
let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky!
But Ahaz answered,
“I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!”
Then Isaiah said:
Listen, O house of David!
Is it not enough for you to weary people,
must you also weary my God?
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel,
which means “God is with us!”

– The word of the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm (PSALM 40:7-8A, 8B-9, 10, 11)

R. (8a and 9a) Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or oblation you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings you sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do your will, O my God, is my delight,
and your law is within my heart!”
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
I announced your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as you, O LORD, know.
R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.
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. Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.

Reading 2 (HEBREWS 10:4-10)

A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews

Brothers and sisters:
It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats
take away sins.
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;
in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight.
Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll,
behold, I come to do your will, O God.'”

First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings,
holocausts and sin offerings,
you neither desired nor delighted in.”
These are offered according to the law.
Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.”
He takes away the first to establish the second.
By this “will,” we have been consecrated
through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Verse Before the Gospel (JOHN 1:14AB)

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

The Word of God became flesh and made his dwelling among us;
and we saw his glory.

(Glory and praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.)

Gospel (LUKE 1:26-38)

A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! 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 Gospel of the Lord.

Reflection: The Solemnity of the Annunciation celebrates the Mystery of the Incarnation, when God became man, the Word-made-flesh, and suffered, died, and rose again for our sake and for our salvation. In the First Reading (Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10), the Prophet Isaiah reminds the disobedient yet exhausted King Ahaz not to weary the Lord’s command in asking for a sign, because God will be obeyed by the Virgin’s willingness to give birth to Immanuel, God-with-us. That is why in the Gospel (Luke 1:26-38), the Archangel Saint Gabriel announces to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would give birth to a child, who is the Savior of the world. At first, Mary questioned on this announcement. But then the Archangel explained to her that she would conceive the Son of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. At this, Mary accepted the word of God with faith, humility, and obedience. Because of her Fiat, her proclamation of ‘Yes,’ God’s plan of salvation was fulfilled. He became man and lived among us. He taught us with his words of preaching and performed many miracles. And most of all, he suffered, died, and rose again and victoriously triumphs over sin and death. This is the person of Jesus Christ, who is both human and divine. God continues to reveal himself to us in the people, things, places, signs, etc. He always reminds us to believe in him, obey his commandments, and perform good works. In the Second Reading (Hebrews 10:4-10), the author of the Letter to the Hebrews reminds us of obedience to the Lord’s will far more than holocausts and sacrifices. We should do this to honor Christ who though divine, humbled himself into humanity and submitted to the divine will of God the Father. Because of this, he has been raised from the dead, proving that Yahweh’s plan for our salvation has prevailed. Likewise this all happened because Mary opened her heart to this divine plan and carried it out. So as we journey down this Easter road, like the Blessed Mother, let us faithfully, humbly, and obediently accept the divine will.

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