01. THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE ANGEL GABRIEL TO THE VIRGIN MARY;
02. THE VISITATION OF MARY TO ELIZABETH;
03. THE BIRTH OF JESUS;
04. THE PRESENTATION OF JESUS IN THE TEMPLE;
05. FINDING JESUS IN THE TEMPLE. 28 MONDAY JOYFUL
01. Lk 1 : 26 – 38; Daughter Zion pg. 37
02. Lk 3 : 39 – 45; Daughter Zion pg. 177 ;
03. Jn 1 : 1 – 18; Lk 2 : 13 – 14; The Blessing Of Christmas pgs.124 – 131;
04. Lk 2 : 22 – 37; Simeon’s Prayer; Co-Workers.. Truth pg. 13; 33-38;
05. Lk 2 : 41 – 51; Zeph 3 : 14 – 17; Co-Workers..Truth pg.16 – 18
First Joyful Mystery : The Annunciation of Gabriel to the Virgin Mary
A reading from the Gospel of St. Luke (1:26-38). In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent an angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth. He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary. The angel came to her and said: “ Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you”. Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message, and she wondered what his words meant. The angel said to her: “Don’t be afraid Mary: God has been gracious to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a King, as his ancestor David was, and he will be the King of the descendants of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end”. Mary said to the angel: “ I am a virgin. How can this be?”. The angel answered: “ The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God’s power will rest on you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God. Remember your relative Elizabeth?. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old. For there is nothing that God cannot do”. “I am the Lord’s servant” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said”. And the angel left her.
Our Father; 10 Hail Mary; (Gloria)
Pope Benedict XVI: God discloses new creation from within the old creation Jesus’ origin is from below, yet simultaneously from above – and this is no contradiction. He is entirely man precisely because he does not have his origin only in this earth. The annunciation to Mary happens to a woman, in an insignificant town in half-pagan Galilee ... The entire scene was unusual for Jewish sensibilities. God reveals himself, where and to whom he wishes. Thus begins a 30 new way, at whose centre stands no longer the temple but the simplicity of Jesus Christ. He is now the true temple, the tent of the meeting. The salutation of Mary is modelled closely on Zephaniah 3:14-17. Mary is daughter Zion addressed there, summoned to ‘rejoice’, informed that the Lord has come to her. Her fear is removed, since the Lord is in her midst to save her ... Her fear comes not from lack of understanding nor from the small-hearted anxiety to which some would like to reduce it. It comes from the trepidation of that encounter with God, that immeasurable joy which can make the most hardened natures quake. She is in person the true Zion, toward whom hopes have yearned throughout all the devastations of history. She is the true Israel in who Old and New Covenant, Israel and Church, are indivisibly one. She is the ‘people of God’ bearing fruit through God’s gracious power. Finally we must pay attention to the terms in which the mystery of the new conception and birth is deliberately stated: the Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you ... The first alludes to the history of creation (Gen 1:2) and so characterizes the event as a new creation: the God who called being out of nothingness, whose Spirit hovered over the abyss, he who as ‘creator spirit’ is the ground of all beings – this God discloses new creation from within the old creation. In this way the radical incision which Christ’s coming signifies is most emphaically marked; its novelty is of such an order that it penetrates to the ground of being and can derive from nowhere if not from the creative power of God Himself. The second image – ‘the power of the Most High will overshadow you’ – belongs to the theology of Israel’s cult: it refers to the cloud which overshadows the temple and thereby indicates the presence of God. Mary appears as the sacred tent over whom God’s hidden presence becomes effective.
Second Joyful : The Visitation of Mary ro Elizabeth A reading from the Gospel of St. Luke (1:39–45).
Soon afterwards Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill county of Judea. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice “ You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear. Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me? For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness. How happy you are to believe that the Lord’s message to you will come true!”.
Our Father; 10 Hail Mary; (Gloria)
Pope Benedict XVI : The Ark of the Covenant is incorruptable The Church celebrates the feast of Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. St.Luke’s account of it is immersed in a restrained matutinal joy. Mary sets out in response to the promise made to both of them. She goes in haste, says the Evangelist because she wants to meet her to whom she is no longer related by consanguinity alone, but by the sharing of the same promise. When Mary goes into the hill county of Judea, the secret of the incarnate word has already begun in her. Elizabeth greets Mary with the words the Church still uses (Lk 1 : 42). In Luke’s gospel the ‘Hail Mary’ has already taken on the character of a prayer formula in which we hear not just the voice of Elizabeth but, united to it, the voice of the early Church, which continued to use the greeting as a prayer. In this scene, the living veneration of Mary by the Church of the New Testament is made tangible. The veneration of Mary is as old as the Church herself: Luke tells us that it was prompted by the Holy Spirit: for him the formula in which it is expressed is not the invention of a human being, but the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The veneration of Mary is a task imposed on the Church by Scripture itself, for the words of the Magnificat “surely from now on all generations will call me blessed” were directed to the Chrch of all times. Mary is, in person, the daughter Zion who is blessed and, at the end, saved in the midst of her trials. What that means becomes clearer when we observe that Luke draws a parallel between the Mother of the Lord and the ark of the covenant. She bears the living Word: in Agustine’s fine phrase, she was already the Mother of God spiritually before she became his Mother physically. In all other instances among the children of Adam and Eve, being born, the mystery of life, is at the same time, a mystery of death. New life presupposes the withdrawal of the old life into death. But the birth of him who is life is not an event of death. It is nothing but life. The ark of the covenant is incorruptable. Joy at the Incarnation of the Word is an intrinsic part of our Faith – the ‘dancing in the presence of the ark’; the happiness; Blesses art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.