Fourth Sunday of Advent

12-24-2017On the JourneyFr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

This Sunday's Gospel, Luke 1:26-38 brings us the story of the Annunciation: the angel Gabriel announced to a virgin named Mary that she would bear a son, and she would name him Jesus. On that same day, the angel informed Mary that her cousin Elizabeth, who was called barren, had conceived a son in her old age. With this news, the angel emphasized that nothing was impossible for God.

Can you imagine what must have gone through Mary's mind? Listen carefully and notice Mary's confusion in the questions she asked the angel. Then listen to Mary's response once she had accepted all he had to say: "May it be done to me according to your word". Mary's unconditional faith in the Lord is the kind of faith all of God's people are called to cultivate throughout their life.

This Sunday's Gospel, Luke 1:26-38 brings us the story of the Annunciation: the angel Gabriel announced to a virgin named Mary that she would bear a son, and she would name him Jesus. On that same day, the angel informed Mary that her cousin Elizabeth, who was called barren, had conceived a son in her old age. With this news, the angel emphasized that nothing was impossible for God.

Can you imagine what must have gone through Mary's mind? Listen carefully and notice Mary's confusion in the questions she asked the angel. Then listen to Mary's response once she had accepted all he had to say: "May it be done to me according to your word". Mary's unconditional faith in the Lord is the kind of faith all of God's people are called to cultivate throughout their life.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day; this is surely a time of joy for all who believe in the one called Holy, the Son of God. Children's laughter will fill the living rooms of many homes, and families and friends will greet each other with Merry Christmas wishes and smiles.

Christmas is a time to dream of the wonderful things to come. God made each of us as unique individuals and gave us free will to embrace and celebrate all that He created us to be. Have you ever wondered what is God's dream for you?

I agree with those who believe that God wants us to be the very best version of ourselves. For those seeking to strengthen their faith and to discover their God-given talents, I encourage you to stop by the Narthex and pick up a copy of Perfectly Yourself - Discovering Gods' Dream for You by Matthew Kelly.

  • On the journey,
  • Fr. Dennis G. Lewandowski

The Perfectly Yourself book is a gift; it will be available in the Narthex while supplies last. Matthew Kelly is the founder of The Dynamic Catholic Institute, a Cincinnati based non-profit organization, whose mission is to help re-energize the Catholic Church in America.

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