Mary set out at once to do the Will of God and to visit Elizabeth. In contrast to Eve, who offered a forbidden fruit to her neighbor, Mary will offer the fruit of her womb which is the fruit of God’s love to her neighbor.
A MORNING OFFERING
Dear Savior, Redeemer, Hope of humanity, thank You for coming into our world seeking us out so as to love us all the more. Help me today to follow the example of Mary the first Christian and to bring the fruit of Your Love and Truth to my neighbors. I desire only Your Will today Lord, nothing else.
St. Philip asked Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied,”
Jesus answered, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father” ( Jn 14: 8-9).
The humanity of Jesus in all its aspects, even those that are apparently humblest and least important, is for us an immense space for communion with God. Every aspect of his humanity, each of his characteristics, even the smallest and most hidden, each of his words, deeds, and gestures, every stage of his life from his conception in Mary’s womb to his Ascension, brings us into communion with God the Father…
By exploring his humanity like a piece of land that belongs to us…we grow steadily in communion with the inaccessible, unfathomable mystery of God. (Excerpt from Time for God by Fr. Jacques Philippe )
A MORNING OFFERING
O Lord, I offer You this day. During this Advent, give me a love for the mystery of Your Incarnation. I praise You for your time in the womb and offer my day today in reparation for the sins against the unborn of our world. Amen
Umbert the Unborn – The Greatest Moment in Unborn History (Click on Picture to see full view)
“Creation is thus completed by the Incarnation and since that moment is permeated by the powers of the Redemption, powers which fill humanity and all creation.” (John Paul II # 52 The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World)
A MORNING OFFERING
O Lord, This new day of Advent I offer you my day. Renew my hope in your power to change the world. Help me to look for moments of grace throughout the day. The grace of your Incarnation that permeates Creation with the power to transform the world.
The Archangel Gabriel proclaimed God’s intention of renewing the face of the earth and the hearts of humankind by God Himself becoming Incarnate; one with humanity. Mary was in complete accord and said “Yes” to God. A new creation began as the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary.
A MORNING OFFERING
My Lord and My God, as this new day begins I wish to say “Yes” to You also. Help me Lord to live every day, all day in union with You; especially today! I offer my heart, body, mind and soul to You God entirely. May Your Will be done in my life today.
There is a wonderful tradition in Christendom of beginning each day by offering oneself and one’s day to God. It has been called by some ‘morning devotions’ or more frequently in Catholicism a ‘morning offering’. One of the traditional morning offering prayers is that promoted by the Apostleship of Prayer.
The morning offering is a great way to start each day. I know when I make this offering as I begin my day I am often mindful of the offering Christ made to His Father, from Mary’s womb, as He entered the world:
“Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired;
but a body have you prepared for me;
in burnt offerings and sin offerings
you have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, Lo, I have come to do your will, O God.”
Pope Paul VI called this “…the fundamental offering that the Incarnate Word made to the Father when He entered the world (cf. Heb. 10:5-7).”Marialis Cultus, #20
For Advent 2011 we are featuring our 9 Day Stations of the Incarnation, designed as a rapid reflection and morning offering. Each day focuses on one event in the succession of events from the Annunciation/Incarnation to the Nativity.
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Sometimes words such as ‘gift’ and ‘giving’ – like the word ‘love’ – seem over-used, employed too often and too superficially, thus inclined to have their true meaning and intent eroded. But to call the Incarnation a ‘gift from God’ is not only appropriate, it is almost understatement. Consider this observation by John Paul II:
“The conception and birth of Jesus Christ are in fact the greatest work accomplished by the Holy Spirit in the history of creation and salvation: the supreme grace – “the grace of union,” source of every other grace, as St. Thomas explains.” (# 50 The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church and the World)
Here is a very rough paraphrase: The Incarnation of Jesus Christ is the supreme gift – given by God to humanity.
John Paul goes on to say of the Incarnation that it is the “source of every other grace” – and every other Divine gift. Later in the same document, John Paul elaborates on this concept further:
“Creation is thus completed by the Incarnation and since that moment is permeated by the powers of the Redemption, powers which fill humanity and all creation.” #52
As we approach Thanksgiving Day, we know that it is a day to thank God for His plenteous and overflowing gifts. What better place to begin our thanksgiving recollection than in Nazareth?
In the time of Christ there was a rather dismissive popular expression: “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (Jn 1:46)
“Yes” we might respond, “All Good – ‘the supreme grace’ of God, the true ‘powers of the Redemption’ filling humanity to overflowing, ‘grace upon grace’, and enduring hope!”
Meister des Marienlebens Annunciation (Detail with Unborn Jesus)