December 22, 2009 Mass reading (God has mercy on those who fear Him)


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December 22, 2009

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent Lectionary: 198

Reading 1
1 Sm 1:24-28

In those days,
Hannah brought Samuel with her,
along with a three-year-old bull,
an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine,
and presented him at the temple of the LORD in Shiloh.
After the boy’s father had sacrificed the young bull,
Hannah, his mother, approached Eli and said:
“Pardon, my lord!
As you live, my lord,
I am the woman who stood near you here, praying to the LORD.
I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.
Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD;

as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” She left Samuel there.

Responsorial Psalm
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd

R. (see 1a) My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“My heart exults in the LORD,
my horn is exalted in my God.
I have swallowed up my enemies;
I rejoice in my victory.”*R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“The bows of the mighty are broken,
while the tottering gird on strength.
The well-fed hire themselves out for bread,
while the hungry batten on spoil.
The barren wife bears seven sons,
while the mother of many languishes.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
“The LORD puts to death and gives life;
he casts down to the nether world;
he raises up again.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich,
he humbles, he also exalts.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
*
“He raises the needy from the dust;
from the dung heap he lifts up the poor,
To seat them with nobles
**
and make a glorious throne their heritage.”
R. My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.

*Gospel
Lk 1:46-56 *

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.

for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months

and then returned to her home.

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****God has mercy on those who fear Him. As Proverbs 1 says: fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom..

Those who do not fear the Lord are, apparently, not given much mercy... ("Thou art without excuse, O man..." as it says in Romans)

But i do believe they are given* time**** to repent... and to acquire some of that necessary fear of the Lord.

some don't like the idea of having to fear the Lord.. but we should definitely fear Him because He is all-powerful and knows us. Humans do not know us... they think they do but they do not..*


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I think "fear" means *fear of offending God, having respect, reverence for Him... *

I don't think it means "fear" like we typically experience it in other situations, as in: feeling afraid, experiencing worry.... we shouldn't fear going to hell (if we repent and go to Confession) but rely on His mercy.

so I think it matters how you define fear :)


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[quote="Monica4316, post:2, topic:180617"]
I think "fear" means *fear of offending God, having respect, reverence for Him... *

I don't think it means "fear" like we typically experience it in other situations, as in: feeling afraid, experiencing worry.... we shouldn't fear going to hell (if we repent and go to Confession) but rely on His mercy.

so I think it matters how you define fear :)

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fear means we understand how holy God is and how holy we are required to be.. to be forever in His presence...

Jesus said it is not easy geting to Heaven (finding the narrow way)... he said that many will try to enter Heaven but won't be strong enough, that even those who do mighty deeds in his name will be excluded.. :eek:

ifthat doesn't make you fear Him nothing will....


#4

I just don’t think that this sort of fear feels like WORRY that’s all

I agree with what you said


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