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Spiritual Exercises – Day 9

 

But when the time had fully come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)

In order to love Christ, we must first know Him. Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be doing just that. Today, we focused on the Incarnation. According to Fr. John Hardon, “the Incarnation is the cardinal mystery of Christian revelation”:

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14)

In our first meditation, we picture the Holy Trinity looking down on the earth and seeing so many people going to hell. They decide that the second person (The Word) should become man to save the human race.

In our second meditation, we look at the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) when the Blessed Mother is asked to become the mother of the Messiah.

In our third meditation, we focus on Mary’s Visit to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) and her beautiful prayer known as the Magnificat:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on 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,
he 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 forever. (Luke 1:46-55)

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