Wednesday, the 3rd week of Advent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Dominic of Silos
Readings for today’s Mass
Today’s readings offer two contrasting stories about the one who will be called Emmanuel. The first is an encounter between God and the powerful and influential King Ahaz. To Ahaz's belligerence with God, the messenger of God, Isaiah, intervenes to impose a sign to Ahaz: a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.
In contrast, the second story, from the gospel, is of God's encounter, thru the messenger Gabriel, of a lowly Jewish maiden, Mary. Unlike Ahaz, Mary has no power or authority. The only ones who notice her or even talk to here are the girlfriends she hangs out with. Aldso unlike Ahaz, who endured a verbal whipping from Isaiah for not listening to God, Mary listened intently and responded in accordance to God's will.
Two contrasting stories, but unmistakably, Mary's story is the fulfillment of Ahaz's.
The stories demonstrate something about how and with whom God works. No matter who you are, how rich, powerful or experienced you may be, God has a plan and will accomplish great things thru all of us is we listen and respond.
Usually, we do not have such glorious messengers as did Mary and Ahaz. Our messengers could be the local parish priest, a friend, a parent, a teacher, or anybody who sets a good example. Sometimes the Lord speaks thru our own reflections on decisions and choices we make; or when we simply spend quiet time with him in prayer. It’s important to tune in to the little signs that God gives us to help us see his will. The calling of the Lord is something that is often difficult and challenging for us. It’s difficult to leave our comfortable shells and reach out according to God’s call in the world. But we can be reassured, though, that just as the Virgin Mary, who said yes to God, there is a place in heaven for us if we are willing to answer the call.
Lord, help us to be as your beloved child Mary, who said, “I am the handmaiden of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”