March 25, 2023 (Saturday)
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, 26-38
In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and
bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 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, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” 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. 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; for nothing will be impossible for God” 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.
Reflecting on the feast of the annunciation of Our Lord’s incarnation as a human Being, St. De La Salle highlights first of all the Faith and Humility, Mary exhibited when the angel informed her of God’s plan for her. She did not hesitate to clarify her doubts but expressed her immediate willingness to be ‘handmaid of the Lord.” God the Son, having been equal with the Father in everything from eternity did not cling on to his divine status, but willingly took the human form to be born of Mary. He lived among us with human flesh and blood, spoke about God’s plan for the humanity, reached out in genuine love to the poor and needy and finally offered Himself as sacrifice for our sins. Thus, by His incarnation, Jesus fulfilled the plan of God. On our part, we ought ‘to enable the Son of God to fulfil in our regard that which He sought to do on behalf of all mankind, namely to destroy sin completely.” Through His incarnation, Jesus tells us, “I have come so that you (they) may have life, and have it more abundantly.” By His sufferings, death on the cross, and resurrection, Jesus has won back our freedom from sin, made us blameless before God. We are no longer exiles or aliens, but fellow citizens of the saints in Heaven. We have become part of the household of God. Hence for us today is a day of joy and benediction. Let us sing psalms and play music in praise of God for His abounding mercy towards us. “Let us profit by so great an example (of Mary), and may graces we receive, be they ever so precious, serve only to humble us, make us consider ourselves the lowest of all.” (DLS MED 112/01).
Lasallian Guiding Principle:
LGP states that, “Every individual needs to be constantly exposed to or immersed in the pressing social problems to which we subsequently aim to contribute a resolution.” As Lasallians, we need to imitate and draw inspiration from our heavenly mother’s courageous yes which faithfully lived to the end of her life. Let us be like Mother Mary ever faithful to God.
Synod on Synodality Prayer
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, Make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever. Amen.
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.
C. (n.d.). Daily Gospel. Retrieved June 22, 2020, from https://dailygospel.org/M/AM/DLSU ITS, DLSU STRATCOM, DLSU IRPA. (n.d.). Guiding Principles of the Philippine Lasallian Family.
Retrieved June 22, 2020, from http://www.dlsu.edu.ph/inside/lasallian-guiding-principles/default.asp
Prepared by Pratik, Sati D., College of Humanities and Sciences- BS Biochemistry Student, through the DLSMHSI Lasallian Mission and Linkages and Advancement, Campus Ministry, and Chaplaincy
Our Daily Lasallian Gospel, Prayer and Reflection is a DLSMHSI gift to the Lasallian family for the 2019 Celebration of the Year of Vocation and the Tercentenary celebration of the death of our founder SJBDLS.