Story of the complete gift, Jesus

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Mary was told by God via the Angel Gabriel that she would bear a son; the son of the most high.

"'Out of the believer's heart shall flow rivers of living water.'" (John 7:37-38)Jesus is both prophet and Messiah, and the one who provides water in the desert. I guess he loved Mary that much.

Christmastime reminds us that God does the impossible to accomplish his goal (Luke 1:26-38).

She who was the holiest of mortals recognized that, in comparison with Almighty God, she was no more than a handmaid He had fashioned for His purposes-one among the many servants of Yahweh across the generations. Not only married her, but took the child as his own and protected them from Herod's threats. There are also more than a few of us who are emotionally worn out as well as physically drained, pondering in our hearts our loneliness and memories of loved ones. We think we are too small to carry out God's vision for our lives. "If by means of her the salvation of all mankind was being proposed, she had to be the first to receive the fruit of salvation from her Son".

"It opened my eyes to her point of view", she said. The greatness she possesses comes only from Him. How long will it take me to believe? The Lord is infinite holiness and Mary in her life of faith and sacrifice drinks deeply of this endless divine goodness. In today's Christmas day homily in my parish, reference was made to Joseph thinking of "dumping" Mary after he came to know of her decision to bear a child that was not his, but that after some reflection, he had chose to continue the relationship and be part of bringing up the child with the mother. This is the kind of man God wanted to raise Jesus. Mary quickly learned that when God's objective requires the impossibility to bring it to pass, then He will do that! The way God shows strength is much different from the way the rulers of this world show it with their armies and artillery, their palaces and pomp.

The Bible tells us in Genesis that God made man to take dominion over creation.

Even so, the Lord wants to be reunited with His children who have grown so far away from Him that they can not find their way back. When we struggle with sin, the consequences of sin, or the injustice of sin, we have a loving and caring ear that knows exactly how we feel, even if no one else does. We understand that not everyone who purports to be a leader is worthy of being heeded.

Christmas is more than parties, pine trees, and presents.

The bottom line is that time in God's house with God's people will help you overcome the lies of the enemy. In essence, the Beatitudes only offer variations on the Magnificat's spiritual center: He ejects the mighty from their throne, he elevates the humble. "For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders". He had prayed for Himself, His disciples and all who would believe in the future. "A sword shall pierce your heart" (Lk 2:35).

She explained: "The Virgin Mary was made pregnant by a man/God/spirit she had never met and without a single word of consent being spoken or even discussed". Her great love turned her suffering ultimately into rejoicing, but her sufferings were such as none of us can begin to conceive. Perhaps best of all, we find ourselves giving generously with deep gratitude for all that God has done for us in the greatest gift of Jesus, our Lord.

If you have sincerely said these words, and believe in your heart upon the Lord Jesus Christ, you are at this moment saved, and your name is written in the Lamb's book of life. Good citizenship requires we be prepared to work harder in our many spheres of daily endeavour.

Jesus lived 30 years among the throwaway people of Nazareth before launching his ministry. Why?

Knowing that God is able to do anything in the blink of an eye, even our salvation, why did Jesus have to come in the flesh?

For this divine plan my body and soul I have joyfully given.

Children are a gift and a project of God, not the possession of their parents.

Certainly Mary did not comprehend the ultimate. What will fill us and our world with the peace we've been promised? Here's one joy-buster: a loss of a sense of sin. On top of that, she learns of her cousin's miraculous pregnancy. "Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying".

How can we find the things that really matter, like meaningful relationships, forgiveness and healing?

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