A reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Cycle A
Joseph, an ordinary man, can’t be all that different from you and me, even if God made him the Dad of Jesus.
If you’re like me, or most people for that matter, you’ve got a lot to do three days before Christmas.
You want to enjoy Christmas – the way it’s meant to be enjoyed – with deep and abiding peace, love, and joy. So it makes good sense that you’d be down on yourself if some little thing caused you to FREAK OUT NOW and lose your last days of Advent cool.
That’s why we can’t but admire character of Joseph. More…
Today’s first reading presents a story from the Book of Judges that parallels St. Luke’s narrative of the Annunciation and Incarnation of Jesus Christ — the story of Samuel.
Israel’s Judges were “warrior-prophets” who rose up and delivered their people from their enemies, kind of like Braveheart.
The implication of pairing this passage from Judges with the Announcement of John the Baptist’s birth in today’s Gospel reading is that both of these figures point forward to the Coming of Christ. The fact that both stories bear strong similarities with the Archangel’s Annunciation to the Virgin Mary also suggest that, in some way, Samuel is what we call a type of Christ, which is problematic, given Samuel’s checkered past.
What are we to make of this? More…
O Advent, thou season of preparation!
Advent began this year on December 1.
Maybe you’re feeling a bit down, because you missed it.
Or maybe you’re too bogged down in worldly affairs this “Holiday Season,” and you just aren’t feeling it yet.
Maybe You even forgot to be joyful on Gaudete Sunday. Not what you hoped it would be?
Buck up! Even Scrooge caught the spirit in the eleventh hour, and so can you. Need a boost? More…
For Gaudete Sunday and Third Week of Advent
“Rorate caeli de super et nubes pluant iustum” The Sacred Hymn “Rorate Caeli” translates, “Let dew come down from heaven above, and the clouds rain down justice.” (Isaiah 45:8)
What comes to your mind when you think of Advent?
Hope, patience, waiting, expectation, preparation, peace and love, and of course, Christmas are the most common Advent memes. The idea is to reflect, pray, and live these virtues to prepare for our Lord’s coming, at Christmas.
Now, what about vindication? More…
Not the absence of words.
The depth of One Word. More…
“O Emmanuel, our king and our lawgiver, the hope of the nations and their Savior: Come and save us, O Lord our God.”
As the Prophet Isaiah foretold: More…
O Root of Jesse, standing as a sign among the peoples; before you kings will shut their mouths, to you the nations will make their prayer: Come and deliver us, and delay no longer.
Today’s O Antiphon stems from to verses from the book of the prophet Isaiah: More…