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  • Writer's pictureFr. Howard Thompson

Advent Bytes

God our Father unveils His plan for our salvation in various moments of revelation. An angel was sent to the barren wife of Manoah to inform her that she will bear a son (Jgs. 13:2-25). This follows the prior experience of three other barren women: Sarah, Rebekah and Rachel (Gn. 18; 25; 30) and follows through with Hannah (1 Sam. 1) and Elizabeth (Lk. 1:5-25).

Then something new would take place. It was no longer from the womb of a barren woman, but from a virgin’s womb that a novel infusion of grace was to be evident. The Virgin Mary would conceive through the Holy Spirit and bear a son (Lk. 1:26-38). This Jesus would save us from sin and grant eternal life. Marvel at this mystery and give thanks to God.

Loving Father, You not only give us life, but also invite us to freely participate in Your plan of salvation. We are not worthy, but if You say the word then we are healed. Empower us with Your grace so that we can effectively reveal Your love and mercy to all people. Amen.


Fr. Howie


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