BIBLE / NEW TESTAMENT

Luke Chapter 1 verses 26 to 38

The gospel of Friday in the fourth week of Advent – 20th December 2015

From Luke Chapter 1 verses 26 to 38

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.  He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, you who enjoy God’s favour!  The Lord is with you.’

She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour.  Look!  You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus.  He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.  The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; and he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’

Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about since I have no knowledge of man?’  The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.  And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God.  And I tell you this too; your cousin Elizabeth also, in her old age, has conceived a son and she who people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’

Mary said, ‘You see before you the Lord’s servant, let it happen to me as  you have said.’  And the angel left her.