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Fourth Sunday Advent

John 15:10: If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
Heavenly Father, thank you for showing your love in Jesus. Thank you Jesus for showing us how to love our Father by obeying his will and honoring his word. Today we will willfully live in obedience to your will. Please receive our actions, our words, and our thoughts as our gift of praise to you. In Infant Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 18, 2011)
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3,4-5,27,29
Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
Lectionary: 11
Colour: Purple
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 1:26-38)
How does Mary react to the word of God delivered by the angel Gabriel? She knows she is hearing amazing beyond human capability. It will certainly take a miracle which surpasses all that God has done before. Her question, “how shall this be, since I have no husband” is not provoked by doubt or suspicion, but by amazement! She is a true hearer of the Word and she at once responds with faith and hope. Mary's prompt response of "yes" to the heavenly message is a replica of faith for all believers. Mary believed God's promises even when they look as if impossible. She was full of grace because she believes that what God said was true and would be pleased. She was willing and keen to do God's will, even if it seemed hard or costly. Mary is the “mother of God” because God becomes incarnate when he receives on flesh in her womb. Jesus, whom the Father sent from above, is true God and true man. When we pray the Nicene Creed we state our admission of faith in this great mystery: “For us men and for our deliverance he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit, he became in the flesh of the Virgin Mary, and was made man”. God gives us grace and he expects us to react with the same willingness, fulfillment and heartfelt trust as Mary did. We begin to see the completion of this prophecy and the unfolding of God's plan of salvation in the events leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah King. The new era of salvation begins by the miraculous conception of Jesus in the womb of Mother Mary. This child to be born is conceived by the cordial action of the Holy Spirit upon Mary, who finds goodwill with God. When God commands he also offers the help, strength, and signifies to respond. We can either yield to his grace or oppose and go our own way. Do you believe in God's assurances and do we yield to his grace?

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