Scripture Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Advent

Year C, Lectionary 12

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Micah 5:1-4a
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Luke 1:39-45

“An empty womb, an empty net, an empty tomb. God seems to like working with empty spaces. And so if you were looking for a new manisfestion of God in your life, look into the empty womb and empty tombs of your life.”

Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ |

“Elizabeth was able to recognize what was unique in Mary not by flesh and blood but by the Holy Spirit that filled her”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo |
Sara Fairbanks, OP |
Overall Readings
"Elizabeth and Mary: A History-Making Relationship" | Dr. Nontando Hadebe |
"Mary and Rachel: Biblical Women in Travail" | Brant Pitre |
"The Visitation" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant |

“They sang not from their own accomplishments but from the engagement of God, who loves, who forgives, who redeems, and who renews them”

Carolyn Woo |

“these two women exchanging love and blessings. And Mary coming to do service but the service that Mary gives is not just giving a gift to her...not something she bought...she gives herself away in service”

"Open Wide Our Hearts Part 4" | Fr. Stephen Thorne |