Fourth Sunday in Advent, Year C, 23rd December 2018

‘Christmas is God’s response to the drama of humanity in search of true peace’           (Benedict XVI)

As we leave the season of Advent and step into the celebration of Christmas, we are given a liturgy filled with promise and hope.

In his Gospel, St Luke shows how salvation dawns through the meeting of two women.  The Father’s promise for humanity is fulfilled in Mary, the “most blessed of all women”. Elizabeth recognises this through the movement of her own child within.

Micah, the prophet, draws together the great expectations of the people (First Reading) and shows how God’s power is revealed in peace and security.

The letter to the Hebrews (Second Reading) calls those seeking security in past rituals to a new way of worship, that of self-giving love.

Finally, today’s Psalm is a plea for God’s continued protection, which is a source of both life and strength.

This week, let’s pray that God’s life and strength, rooted ever deeper in our hearts, may give rise to a new and hopeful way of worship through self-giving love.

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