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Scripture Reflections - Dec. 24
Fourth Sunday of Advent

2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-11, 16
Rom 16:25-27
Luke  1:26-38


Archives Msgr Paul E. Whitmore
Msgr. Paul E. Whitmore

This Fourth Sunday of Advent falls on Christmas eve this year,  What a dramatic way to fulfillment of  all  our  waiting for the coming of our Messiah and Redeemer.  

On Sunday morning, we will celebrate the end of Advent, and just a few hours later on the same day, we hear the Angels singing “Glory to God in the highest!”  God has arrived as a tiny, Child, helpless and shivering;. 

We are delighted and charmed at the way He chose to come without signs of frightening  power. 

Simple  shepherds from the fields are the first to hear the news.   

The Gospel for the Fourth Sunday tells us that another Angel, Gabriel, was sent as God’s messenger to ask permission  of a pure, holy maid to be His mother! 

It is Mary’s “yes” that makes Christmas possible - the coming into humble flesh of the Lord of heaven and earth.
What is a mystery?   It’s a truly factual and real work of God that is beyond all human understanding.  

Nevertheless, It radically effects our lives.and our future.

Both readings from Samuel and St. Paul tell us that the obedience of both Jesus and His mother to the will of the Father are models for us to follow.

We are urged to enter ;fully into the drama, of God’s plans for peace on earth, engaging in the building of His kingdom of peace and love.  Advent has come to a close.  The Savior has arrived.

What happens now?  Our sharing with Jesus in the building up of the Kingdom.

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