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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for December 21, 2014

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SUNDAY, December 21       Advent 4

Luke 1:35-38 The angel said to [Mary], “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 holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God. Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

The love of God appears in surprising ways, with possibilities and trials we never imagined. Mary, a very young woman, was startled by the angel’s invitation. She was a virgin. How could she give birth to the Son of God or any child? It didn’t make sense.

Nothing is impossible with God. Mary accepted hope beyond the limits of reason or understanding. The love of God invited her, and Mary said yes. She offered her life in response: “Here am I.”

We may encounter all kinds of reasonable obstacles in life, and we must accept some limitations. But in God’s love, we discover hope beyond reason, unlikely solutions, and life that surpasses all expectations.

PRAY for the Diocese of Kontagora (Lokoja, Nigeria)

Ps 89:1-4, 19-26 or Canticle 3 or 15 (Luke 1:46-55); 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16; Romans 16:25-27; Luke 1:26-38

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