Prayer of the Day

Third Week of Advent -Feast of St. Fachanan, Bishop

December 20th, 2013
""Rejoice so highly favoured! The Lord is with you."" Luke 1 : 28

To-day we hear the proclamation of the Good News that the world has been waiting for since the fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.   God is sending his Son to redeem us and he has chosen a young girl from Nazareth to be his mother.  No wonder the first words spoken by God’s messenger,  the Angel Gabriel were words of joy.  Yes Mary is indeed privileged to be chosen by God for this wonderful mission.  But she needs time to take it all in.  Hence her question to the Angel.  How can this happen?   The Angel reassures Mary that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and she willingly accepts God’s plan for her.

While we rejoice in God’s choice of Mary to bring his Son into the world,  let us not forget that we too have been chosen.   As baptised Christians we are also ‘highly favoured’ and called by name to carry out an important mission in the world.   St. Paul writing to the early Christians in Corinth makes it very clear that our bodies are indeed temples of the Holy Spirit who lives in us. (1 Corinthians 6 : 19)

Like Mary we have received the Holy Spirit who will enable us to give birth to Christ this Christmas.  God needs our consent as he needed Mary of Nazareth 2000 years ago.  Let us ask her to help us say yes – “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.” (Luke 1 : 35)

Prayer "O key of David and sceptre of the House of Israel. You open and no one shuts. You close and no one opens. Come and deliver us from the prisons that hold us, for we are seated in darkness, oppressed by the shadows of death." (Gospel Acclamation for to-day : Fourth O Antiphon) Amen