March 25, 2017

Isaiah 7: 10- 14, 8: 10

7:10 And the Lord spoke further to Ahaz, saying:
7:11 Ask for a sign for yourself from the Lord your God, from the depths below, even to the heights above.
7:12 And Ahaz said, “I will not ask, for I will not tempt the Lord.”
7:13 And he said: “Then listen, O house of David. Is it such a small thing for you to trouble men, that you must also trouble my God?
7:14 For this reason, the Lord himself will grant to you a sign. Behold, a virgin will conceive, and she will give birth to a son, and his name will be called Immanuel.
8:10 Undertake a plan, and it will be dissipated! Speak a word, and it will not be done! For God is with us.

Hebrews 10: 4- 10

10:4 For it is impossible for sins to be taken away by the blood of oxen and goats.
10:5 For this reason, as Christ enters into the world, he says: “Sacrifice and oblation, you did not want. But you have fashioned a body for me.
10:6 Holocausts for sin were not pleasing to you.
10:7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I draw near.’ At the head of the book, it has been written of me that I should do your will, O God.”
10:8 In the above, by saying, “Sacrifices, and oblations, and holocausts for sin, you did not want, nor are those things pleasing to you, which are offered according to the law;
10:9 then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,’ ” he takes away the first, so that he may establish what follows.
10:10 For by this will, we have been sanctified, through the one time oblation of the body of Jesus Christ.

Luke 1: 26- 38

1:26 Then, in the sixth month, the Angel Gabriel was sent by God, to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
1:27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the name of the virgin was Mary.
1:28 And upon entering, the Angel said to her: “Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women.”
1:29 And when she had heard this, she was disturbed by his words, and she considered what kind of greeting this might be.
1:30 And the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found grace with God.
1:31 Behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and you shall bear a son, and you shall call his name: JESUS.
1:32 He will be great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father. And he will reign in the house of Jacob for eternity.
1:33 And his kingdom shall have no end.”
1:34 Then Mary said to the Angel, “How shall this be done, since I do not know man?”
1:35 And in response, the Angel said to her: “The Holy Spirit will pass over you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. And because of this also, the Holy One who will be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
1:36 And behold, your cousin Elizabeth has herself also conceived a son, in her old age. And this is the sixth month for her who is called barren.
1:37 For no word will be impossible with God.”
1:38 Then Mary said: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your word.” And the Angel departed from her.