Today is the 4th Sunday of Advent
The Lord is always faithful to his promises
First Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-5,8-12,14,16
Second Reading: Romans 16:25-27
Gospel: Luke 1:26-38
The angel’s first word to Mary is ‘Rejoice’. I may like to ponder what brings me joy. In what ways am I, or have I been, a joy to others?
Mary is disturbed at first. Perhaps I can bring to the Lord those situations that are making me unsettled, afraid, uneasy at the moment. The angel says ‘Do not be afraid’. Can I let those words be said for me, too, during this season?
Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,
your grace into our hearts,
that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.