Scripture Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Year B, Lectionary 11

God speaks, provides and leads us in life but we must continually be attentive to God's Word. King David was 'settled', 'given rest' and began to listen to his will over God's, thinking he was doing good. In the annunciation Mary listened to the angel Gabriel and received God's message, grace and Son. We can also be attentive to God to realize how favored we are by God and let Jesus live in us.

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2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Romans 16:25-27

“So what's Paul referring to here when he talks about the 'revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages'...the mystery is the identity and the mission of the Messiah”

Catholic Productions | "Breaking the Sound of Silence" | Brant Pitre | December 16, 2020
Luke 1:26-38

“we forget that Gabriel is standing by our side and we allow the fragility of our lives to say 'well, I don't know, Lord, let me get back to you'”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | December 20, 2020

“Do not wait until all the conditions are perfect, do not allow what you cannot do to get in the way of what you can do. Begin with what you can do now, come as you are and let God take care of the rest.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 18, 2023

“Gabriel is roaming the world searching for another Mary, another person who is willing to say 'take this, this is my body'”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | December 20, 2020

“The key to our succeeding in all that we the presence of the Lord with us. When the Lord is with us then we can overcome every obstacle and that is what we celebrate as Christmas.”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | December 18, 2020

“jubilation, exaltation, troubled, afraid, courage, awe, amazement, confusion, curiosity, assurance, feeling cared for by God, surrenderance, acceptance. That's a lot of emotions, that's a lot going on in just 12 verses”

"Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“God comes to you and me as well and not quite the same as Mary but, nonetheless, true that God invites you and me to bring Jesus to the world. And ask us would we do this? Would we say ‘yes?’ And waits for our fiat. Waits for our ‘let it be done.’”

"Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“What if God is waiting for you to say 'yes, I will bear Christ to the world'?”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | December 7, 2023
Overall Readings

“whereas the Davidic kings were called the 'son of God' in a metaphorical sense or like a covenantal sense...Mary's child is going to be the actual Son of God, he's going to be the eternal Son of God”

Catholic Productions | "The Annunciation and the Kingdom of David" | Brant Pitre | December 14, 2020

“God by-passes important people and places. So often his favour rests on simple unlettered folk, all of them without influence, power or prestige.”

"According to your word" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | December 17, 2023

“Once we learn how to welcome Jesus who else do we welcome inside?”

U.S. Catholic magazine | Rose Hesselbrock | December 15, 2023

“God does not abandon you, Church, that's the good news you want to hear this morning in the midst of the ratchetness of this world, the meanness of this world, God is with you”

St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, Philadelphia | "My God Is Not Virtual" | Fr. Stephen Thorne | December 20, 2020

“Like Mary we are called to be God-bearers, to make God’s compassion and justice real and present in our world. How? Answering that question requires discernment as we discover what gifts God has given us and how best to use them.”

Catholic Women Preach | Karen Sue Smith | December 24, 2023

“God sees us very differently than we see ourselves. Our sight is limited usually by age and circumstance but God's sight is infinite and it includes possibilities that don't always occur to us or we can't imagine.”

Catholic Women Preach | Mary Katharine Deeley | December 20, 2020

“don't you know you can't run from God, you can't hide from God. God is following you, God's goodness is running after you.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | December 24, 2023

“no matter how dark it is may we know that God provides for us, walks with us, wanders with us, and waits to fill us with new hope and possibilities”

Catholic Women Preach | Edwina Gateley | December 24, 2017