Fourth Sunday of Advent Year C

Published on 17 Dec 2018
Mary and Elizabeth - a early modern tapestry in blues and reds.

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

Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord,

your grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ your Son

was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross

be brought to the glory of his Resurrection.
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.
Out of you will be born for me the one who is to rule.      First Reading

Visit this vine and protect it.        Psalm

Here I am! I am coming to obey your will.         Second Reading

Let what you have said be done to me.            Gospel Acclamation

Blessed is she who believed.            Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to reflect further

Micah 5: 1–4; Psalm 79 (80); Hebrews 10: 5–10; Luke 1: 39–45