Sunday of the 4th Week of Advent
1st Reading 2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16
Psalm PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd Reading ROM 16:25-27
Gospel LK 1:26-38
The final week of Advent begins today! Christmas is in sight!
The Gospel reading today stands in sharp contrast to yesterday’s reading. Yesterday, Zechariah did not believe the Angel Gabriel’s pronouncement. Today, we hear Mary’s “yes” – complete and total agreement to what God asks of her, and trust in the way in which God will bring it about.
“Fiat” – “Let it be done”.
Mary’s “fiat” is our example. She said yes, not knowing how or why. She said yes, even though it would lead to complications in her life. She didn’t know how Joseph would react, or if he would even stay with her. She didn’t know how her life would work out. She wasn’t promised life would be easy or worldly-happy.
She said, “Yes,” anyway.
Mary’s yes brought Christ to the world, literally. Like our Holy Mother, we are called to say yes to God, to bear Christ to the world in our hearts, deeds, and actions, and to trust God to work out all the details.
Pray: try to pray the Angelus this week. It is traditionally prayed at 6am, noon, and 6pm, but you can make your own schedule. For example, I will try to pray it once a day, around noon.
L (leader): The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
R (response): And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
All: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinner, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
L: Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
All: Hail Mary…
L: And the Word was made Flesh:
R: And dwelt among us.
All: Hail Mary…
L: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R: that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
L: Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.