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Doctrines & Morals
 
 
Homilies/Reflections

The Joy of gratitude
By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

1 Sam. 1:24-28, Lk. 1:46-56. After begging God for a child and being finally blessed with the birth of Samuel, grateful Hannah in today's first reading hopes that her son will serve the Lord all his days. Her prayer is personal and devout: “I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord". This act of gratitude is to show us that giving of our best to God is the highest purpose of life and it can be pursued in various ways. We honour Mary as the highest example of totally devoted life, apart from her son’s complete self-giving. The most perfect expression of Mary’s dedicated heart is found in lovely hymn of praise, the Magnificat found in today's Gospel.

Mary attributes nothing to her own merits but refers all to the gift of the one whose essence is power and who fills with greatness and strength the small and the weak who believe in Him. Here we see her rejoicing in God who has filled the hungry with good things and raises up the lowly. Just as Mary acknowledges the great things that God has done for her, we are challenged to acknowledge the great things that God has done for us by sending His Son into the world. In the celebration of birth of Jesus, we acknowledge the gift of God and are devoted to Him. For all who devote their thoughts to the praise and service of the Lord, proclaims the greatness of God.

May the Lord teach us to use our gifts for others and to fulfil the purpose the Father has for each one of us! Amen!! Good morning and happy weekend!!!

 
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