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Fourth Sunday of Advent
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Hebrews 10: 5-10
Luke 1: 39-45
In the first reading we are told of a woman who is to give birth to the
Lord. The Psalm proclaims the son of man is being sent. The second
reading also proclaims the coming of the Lord to do the will of the
Father. And the beautiful gospel proclaims ˈBlessed are you among
women, and blessed is the fruit of your wombˉ.
During this time of Advent we are anticipating the coming of Jesus
and his birth by Mary who was chosen by God to be his mother. But
we are also anticipating or maybe anxious about being ready for
Christmas day with having all the gifts wrapped, and for planning din-
ner or brunch and making ready for visits by family
I can remember my mother planning the Christmas dinner and the
relatives and friends who would be sharing this meal. There was the
immediate family of my dad and mom my brother and my two sisters.
Then there was the invitation to my aunt Mary Louise who was a
regular at our table, but my mother also would make plates for our
landlord (we were renters), and a work friend of my dad.
As I reflect, Christmas dinner was where the
meaning and joy of the coming of Jesus was
made real for me. It is not easy for us to see