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Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer
Wednesday, 19th December 2018

Luke 1:5-25

Date posted: December 19, 2018

Let us all remember that we are in the Holy Presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Luke 1:5-25
In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth; for he will be great before the Lord, and he shall drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And he will turn many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God, and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel, who stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things come to pass, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they wondered at his delay in the temple. And when he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple; and he made signs to them and remained dumb.   And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she hid herself, saying, “Thus the Lord has done to me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.”

Reflection
Today’s Gospel speaks to us about the visit of the angel Gabriel to Zechariah. There is a quote from it and it says “Do not be afraid!” Up until now, God still gives hope to those people who are afraid and the message continues to be valid, “Do not be afraid!” Immediately the angel adds: “Your prayer has been heard!” In our life, everything is the fruit of prayer. I realized how to be more faithful and sincerely having self-trust, from the quote “Do not be afraid” It reflects to us people because not all people are strong enough to fight the obstacles we face. We need to spread love and compassion as we live in God’s creation. For me as a child of God, it benefits me whenever I trust myself, for it makes me feel comfortable of what I am doing. It also pushes me to believe in the word of God whenever I am praying.

Lasallian Guiding Principle
LGP states that, “…communion as a way of accomplishing mission suggests the solidarity and collaboration that come from sharing in one vision, one spirit and one mission.” Based from my reflection, we need to have self-trust. Our mission will all be possible if we have faith in God. All the beautiful and good things that we do are fruits of seeing God in our lives. We immediately choose what is better for us. We need to complain less, appreciate more; judge less, accept more. Fear less, try more and most specially is to hate less, Love more.

Prayer
Lord, mighty God, no angel announced our birth, but we know that You loved us even before we were born, and that You call us to prepare for the coming of Your Son Jesus among us your people. Reveal Your strength in our weakness, keep us hoping in Your future, that we may overcome all obstacles to establish the kingdom of Jesus Christ our Lord. May we continue what we have started and embrace the beauty of happiness. Thank you for always guiding us to always choose the right path. This we pray, in the Mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Our Lady of the Star, pray for us.
St. John Baptist De La Salle, pray for us.
St. Miguel Febres Cordero, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts, forever!

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Value: Communion in Mission (Nurturing Mission)
Culture Theme: We carry out our duties and responsibilities.
Productivity Theme: Zero back-log
ICV Week 3: Believe good things will happen, and they will.

Sources
C. (n.d.). Retrieved October 25, 2018, from https://dailygospel.org/AM/gospel/2018-11-12
Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family
DLRAP Themes from DLSMHSI Lasallian Values and Culture – Productivity Manifestations –
Who is a Lasallian?

 

Prepared: Von Limuel S. Caraig RAD 11
through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission and Linkages, Lasallian Formation and Social Action

Our Daily Lasallian Reflection and Prayer is DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the  2019 Celebration of the Year of Vocation and Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.