Daily Readings for Wednesday December 07,2016
Season of Annunciation
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Reading 3, Eph 1: 3-12 : God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world.
|3 ||Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, |
|4 ||even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. |
|5 ||He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, |
|6 ||to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. |
|7 ||In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace |
|8 ||which he lavished upon us. |
|9 ||For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ |
|10 ||as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. |
|11 ||In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, |
|12 ||we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory. |
Gospel, Lk 1: 34-38 : Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
|34 ||And Mary said to the angel, "How shall this be, since I have no husband?" |
|35 ||And the angel said to her, "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. |
|36 ||And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. |
|37 ||For with God nothing will be impossible." |
|38 ||And Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her. |