Today's Gospel

Lk 1:26-38

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 saidand 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.

Link to USCCB Daily Reading

Today's Reflection

Today's reflection from Timothy Gallic,

President, Powers Catholic High School

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

St Patrick was alone, seriously alone, he was a slave, with no followers and the only thing that listened to him was his flock. literally sheep. And yet when he heard God's call he did not hesitate but in faith he stepped forward. He loved God with his whole heart and loved his neighbor. When he returned to Ireland as a Priest the whole island being pagan he stood along with only God and therefore St. Patrick outnumbered every army he encountered. For if you have God you have everything. What made the difference was not his talents, it wasn't his good looks, his towering intellect or his rapier sharp wit. What made Patrick a saint was his love of God and neighbor. When he died the whole of Ireland was converted and his 'sons and daughters' have gone across the world spreading the good news. 

Today we are faced with a similar dilemma, we might feel like we are outnumbered. Yet the world needs us to be witnesses, we need to love our neighbor, to work for their actual good, to tell them the truth in love and like Patrick the size of the task is huge, without God we are outnumbered and in trouble, with Jesus beside us, we are well equipped to handle our challenges. So today ask God to be with you as St. Patrick said, 

I bind unto myself today

The strong name of the Trinity,

By invocation of the same

The Three in One and One in Three.

I bind this today to me forever

By power of faith, Christ’s incarnation;

His baptism in Jordan river,

His death on cross for my salvation;

His bursting from the tomb,

His riding up the heavenly way,

His coming at the day of doom

I bind unto myself today.

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