Fourth Sunday of Advent

Readings: 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 | Ps. 89:2-5, 27, 29 | Rom. 16:25-27 | Lk. 1:26-38

Christmas is a few days away. The scriptures hold out for us the promise of the Savior. God speaks to David through the prophet Nathan and reminds him that God is the one who saved the people. God is the one who chose David and it is God who will decide on the future both for David and for all. God promises that David’s descendants will stand firm forever.

Paul sings God’s praises. Paul realizes that he is unable to do anything without God’s help and direction. We are all led to sing with Paul… “to him, the God who alone is wise, may glory be given through Jesus Christ.”

The gospel tells the story of the announcement to Mary that she is to be the mother of God. This is the fulfillment of God’s promise to David. This is the event for which we should join our voices with Paul’s to give thanks and praise for the life of Christ who came to redeem us.

As we pause to reflect today, we are invited to reflect on our lives. How do we reflect Mary’s response to God? How do we give praise as Paul did for all of God’s blessing to us? Be sure to
spend some quality time with God today and each of the remaining days of Advent. This is the best preparation for Christmas.

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