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Wednesday Fourth Week Advent

Colossians 2:9-10: In Christ, all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
Heavenly Father, we acknowledge that you are too great for us to comprehend. Yet as marvelous and powerful and majestic as you are, your grace is greater still. Thank you for sending Jesus so we can know you. Thank you for sending Jesus so we could be forgiven. Thank you for sending Jesus so we can go home to you and live eternally. Thank you Jesus, for coming to redeem us and then returning back to the Father so we can speak to him through you. In your name Jesus, and because of your grace, we pray with courage before our Father. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 21, 2011)
Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
First Reading: Zephaniah 3:14-18a
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:2-3,11-12,20-21
Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
Lectionary: 197
Colour: Purple
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 1:39-45)
We observe the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy and the describing of God's plan of redemption in the occasions leading up to the Incarnation, the birth of the Messiah King. The new era of deliverance starts with the astounding conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. This child to be born is conceived by the cordial action of the Holy Spirit upon Mary, who finds goodwill by God. How does Mary respond to the word of God carried by the angel Gabriel? She knows she is hearing something ahead of human capability. It will certainly take a miracle which exceeds all that God has done previously. Her question, “how shall this be, since I have no husband” is not encouraged by doubt or cynicism, but by wonderment! She is a true hearer of the Word and she right away responds with faith and trust. Mary's timely response of "yes" to the divine message is a replica of faith for all believers. Mary believed God's promises even when they appears impossible. She was full of grace because her faith that what God said was true and would be satisfied. She was willing and eager to do God's will, though it seemed difficult or expensive. Mary is the “mother of God” because God becomes incarnate when he receives on flesh in her womb. God gives us grace and he expects us to respond with the same readiness, obedience, and sincere trust as Mother did. When God commands he also gives the help, strength, and means to react. We can either yield to his grace or oppose and go our own way. Do we believe in God's promises and do we surrender to his grace?

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