Luke 1:38 (Christ within)

12 Dec Luke 1:38 (Christ within)

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“Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.'” ~ Luke 1:38 (full readings)

Rich’s Reflections: In today’s Gospel, the angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will conceive in her womb, the Lord Jesus Christ. Mary responded with unshakable faith that she is “the handmaid of the Lord.” Mary must have been scared, but she did not lose hope. Instead, she recognized that Christ within her was hope, and she accepted her responsibility to bring Him to the world. As Christians we are also called to have the faith of Mary. We need to recognize Christ living within us despite issues in our life that bring us fear, and we need to share His message of hope with the world. Prepare the way of the Lord this Advent and have a “Mary” Christ-mas. Lord, I am Your servant, may Your will be done according to Your word. Amen.

Faith Challenge: Recognize Christ within you this Advent and share His message of hope with others.

Counter-Culture News:LSN, LifeNews, Priests for Life,Vatican,Project Rachel.

Our Prayers:Prayer to end abortion. LIFE Runners Creed and Patron Saint. Add Prayers. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.

Feast Day: Our Lady of Guadalupe (today’s image by Nellie Edwards)

Faith Quote: “The conception and birth of Jesus Christ are in fact the greatest work accomplished by the Holy Spirit in the history of creation and salvation.” ~ Pope John Paul II

Through Christ our Lord,
James 1:22

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (22% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa.

* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.
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