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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

March 25 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10
Psalm 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
Hebrews 10:4-10
Luke 1:26-38

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and informed her about becoming the Mother of Christ. (Luke 1:26-28) We recall that initially she was troubled, wondering how this could be. The angel proclaimed that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. (Luke 1:34-35)

That same Holy Spirit comes upon each of us as Christians. We are signed with the Cross at Baptism, and receive the Holy Spirit in Holy Communion and at Confirmation. There are many other examples.

We too, like Mary, are often troubled with the challenges we face in our personal lives. We will not be asked to take on the responsibilities that Mary faced, but our days can, at times, be difficult. We should never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives, especially if we are open and receptive. Great things can be accomplished through us, just as they were with the early disciples, but it requires true humility and obedience to the Spirit. We might not always be aware of the results of our actions, but that doesn't matter if we are following the will of God. We can always turn to our Blessed Mother for support as she is our role model.

Spouse of the Holy Spirit, intercede for us.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS | jmurphy(at)syracuse(dot)net

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Lives of the saints:

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