Cycle C

Good News C4

Fourth Sunday in Advent

 

New American Bible Luke 1:39-45

Bible Gateway New International Version Luke 1:39-45

 

Blessed Are You Among Women

         

Let’s pretend that you are Elizabeth in today’s time.  You heard through the Holy Spirit that her sister, Mary is carrying the Son of God in her womb.  Mary just drops by.  She doesn’t send you a letter to let you know she is coming. She doesn’t call you on her cell phone and say, “I’m coming to visit with you for three months.”  She just surprises you and rings the doorbell.  When you go to answer it, it’s Mary. You would probably say something similar to what Elizabeth said: “Hello Mary.  You are very blessed with God’s grace because you are carrying his holy Son.”  

          When you receive the Holy Eucharist, you are carrying the Son of God, too.  God fills you with grace each time you receive the body and blood of Christ.  While Mary was carrying Jesus, she went to visit Elizabeth to see if she could be of help to her because Elizabeth was carrying John the Baptist in her womb. 

When you are carrying Jesus in your body, do you try to help someone like Mary did?  It takes 4-6 hours to digest and 24 hours to use the energy from the bread of the host.  So part of Jesus is with you for a whole day, but the graces last forever. 

          When you leave Church do you get impatient because your parents are talking with friends and you want to get home to watch your favorite team on television?   Do you get mad because your Mother is late fixing supper?  Do you complain when your Father asks you to play with your younger brother while he fixes a leak in the kitchen? Or do you find yourself being more at peace.  You share your candy bar with your younger brother. You ask your younger sister to play her favorite word game with you. You find yourself doing your homework without being reminded.  You are with grace! 

          Now pray the “Our Father.” Ask God to be within you all day long, every day of your life.  Thank Jesus for coming to visit you.  He is there to help you.  He will give you strength to help others.  He will send the Holy Spirit to help you find the solution to any problems you have. 

Thank God for giving you life. You are carrying a special purpose in life that no one else can accomplish.  Only you.  Look around and find out how God wants you to share your life and talents with others. Say the “Hail Mary” and ask Mary to pray for you that you may know God’s will and have the strength and determination to follow it.  The world is waiting for you to give your special “oomph” to it.  The world is a better place because God gave us you.

 

 “Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

 

 

“Hail Mary, full of grace.

The Lord is with thee.

Blessed art thou among women.

And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

Pray for us sinners

Now, and at the hour of our death.  Amen”

 

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