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Gospel Reflection

When you pray, pray privately alone,
when you fast, don’t make a show of it,
don’t do it to be seen;
and your Father who sees in secret
will reward you.

Gospel Reading - The message of Gabriel

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26The following month God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27to a virgin, Mary, engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David.

28Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Congratulations, favored lady! The Lord is with you!”a

29Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean.

30“Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to wonderfully bless you! 31Very soon now, you will become pregnant and have a baby boy, and you are to name him ‘Jesus.’ 32 He shall be very great and shall be called the Son of God. And the Lord God shall give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33And he shall reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom shall never end!”

34Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.”

35The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of God shall overshadow you; so the baby born to you will be utterly holy — the Son of God. 36Furthermore, six months ago your Auntb Elizabeth — ‘the barren one,’ they called her — became pregnant in her old age! 37For every promise from God shall surely come true.”

38Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to do whatever he wants. May everything you said come true.” And then the angel disappeared.

. . . . .Luke 1:26-38
  1. Some ancient versions add, “Blessed are you among women,” as in v. 42, which appears in all manuscripts.
  2. Literally, “relative.”

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in heaven,
     hallowed be your name,
     your kingdom come,
     your will be done,
          on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
     as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
     and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
     now and for ever.
Amen.