Fourth Sunday of Advent

& archive, Year C.

Lord Jesus Christ,
You see how bent over we are
Under the weight of the world’s habits.

Unburden us
Clear the path within our soul
Lift up our heads to see you
Our hearts to love you
And welcome your coming.

Season of Advent:  Week 4


This week we encounter
a young woman, Mary,
who lives in the village of Nazareth
and is engaged to a carpenter.
He is not wealthy or well known, but
he is a good man.

She is preparing for the wedding –
and is engaged in hopes for home,
security . . .

until the angel Gabriel knocks at her door,
carrying a birth announcement.
“Peace be with you!” the angel says in greeting.

‘What is God’s peace like,’
Mary wonders.
‘Why is my heart pounding so?’


Gabriel speaks blessing, comfort, and then the startling news of
the new thing God is about to do:
“The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you.
Don’t be afraid!
You will conceive and bear a son, and
you shall call his name Jesus.”

‘Jesus?  Conceive? In me? How?’

“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High
will overshadow you.”

And Mary says:

“Yes, I am the Lord’s servant; let it be with me
according to your word.”

* * * * * * **

Mary’s engagement to Joseph and her hopes
are now at risk.
Mary journeys into the hills of Judah,
to calm the pounding of her heart
in the house of Elizabeth.
Elizabeth, also with child,
welcomes Mary, newly with child.
Elizabeth opens wide the doors of welcome as she
speaks words of blessing
and affirmation which Mary needs to hear.
Both women erupt into praise and thanksgiving –
the house rings with Spirit-given psalmody.
God is on the move!
John will announce the new thing!
Jesus is coming!

When we say, “Yes, Lord; I am your servant,”
Our lives will never be the same again.
For Jesus will be born in us,
his Spirit will overshadow us,
and we will give birth to God’s Kingdom
in the stable of this world.

Season of Advent:  week 4

12/17        Monday: Luke 1:26-38
12/18        Tuesday: Luke 1:39-45
12/19        Wednesday: Luke 2:46b-55
12/20       Thursday: Micah 5:2-5a
12/21         Friday: Hebrews 10:5-10
12/22        Saturday: Luke 1:26-38
12/23        Sunday: Luke 1:39-45