MY GIFT TO CHRIST

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“Thus says the Lord, should you build me a house to dwell in?” – 2 Samuel 7:5

Mr. Harry Wayne Huizenga is a wealthy American businessman who has several multimillion dollar mansions in South Florida, one of which he gave to his niece as a wedding gift. Can you imagine receiving a multimillion-dollar house as a gift?

Tomorrow is the Lord’s birthday. How nice would it be to give Him a house as a present — not the structure, but our very own self. We’re worth more than any mansion on earth and I am sure the Lord would be delighted with the gift that we bring. He knows that we are a work-in-progress, but we can at least prepare as we welcome Him into our hearts.

As we give Him this “house,” maybe a little cleaning up by going to confession and receiving the Eucharist would be timely. And it would be nice to find ways to engage Him in a good conversation by reading Scriptures and spending more time in prayer and reflection.

There are many ways to prepare. It doesn’t have to be big and extravagant. We can start with a clean and contrite heart. Jane Gonzales-Rauch (mgr516@gmail.com)

Reflection: No matter how small, no matter how simple, the best gift of all is a life transformed.

Father in heaven, I offer myself to You today. In spite of my frailty, use me as You please. There is nothing more I desire today but to be in Your presence. Amen.

 

1ST READING

David is concerned that he has a splendid palace to dwell in, but the Lord’s lacks in splendor. Something needs to be done about this, but God has decided that this will be the role of Solomon not David, as the latter has done enough already in establishing the Kingdom of Israel. His forte is in guiding armies, not building temples.

2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16

1 When King David was settled in his palace, and the Lord had given him rest from his enemies on every side, 2 he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God dwells in a tent!” 3 Nathan answered the king, “Go, do whatever you have in mind, for the Lord is with you.” 4 But that night, the Lord spoke to Nathan and said: 5 “Go, tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Should you build me a house to dwell in? 8 “‘It was I who took you from the pasture and from the care of the flock to be commander of my people Israel. 9 I have been with you wherever you went, and I have destroyed all your enemies before you. And I will make you famous like the great ones of the earth. 10 I will fix a place for my people Israel; I will plant them so that they may dwell in their place without further disturbance. Neither shall the wicked continue to afflict them as they did of old, 11 since the time I first appointed judges over my people Israel. I will give you rest from all your enemies. The Lord also reveals to you that he will establish a house for you. 12 And when your time comes and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your heir after you, sprung from your loins, and I will make his Kingdom firm. 14 I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. 16 Your house and your Kingdom shall endure forever before me; your throne shall stand firm forever.’ ”

P S A L M

Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29

R: Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.

1 [2] The favors of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness. 2 [3] For you have said, “My kindness is established forever”; in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness. (R) 3 [4] “I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant: 4 [5] forever will I confirm your posterity and establish your throne for all generations.” (R) 26 [27] “He shall say of me, ‘You are my father, my God, the rock, my savior.’ 28 [29] Forever I will maintain my kindness toward him, and my covenant with him stands firm.” (R)

2ND READING

Paul reminds us that all glory belongs to God. It is only through His grace that we can accomplish anything good. It is important to remember this so that we do not become full of pride with our achievements. We can be happy for the good things we have accomplished — even proud to a certain degree — but let us remember to be grateful to the Lord and to give Him the glory as without Him none of it would have been possible.

Romans 16:25-27

25 Brothers and sisters: To him who can strengthen you, according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret for long ages 26 but now manifested through the prophetic writings and, according to the command of the eternal God, made known to all nations to bring about the obedience of faith, 27 to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ be glory forever and ever. Amen.

GOSPEL

Mary needs the grace of God. By avoiding sin, she would not just be grateful to God for this gift of holiness but always ready and willing to respond to God’s call whatever it may be. She did not expect to hear that she would become the mother of His Son. However, her response proves that she was ready to accept a responsibility as great as this. Let us pray that we, too, will be as ready to accept God’s will for us.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION

Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.

Luke 1:26-38

26 The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” 29 But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, 33 and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” 35 And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. 36 And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; 37 for nothing will be impossible for God.” 38 Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

 
 

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