Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 22nd


Is 7: 10-14
Ps 24: 1-2, 3-4 5-6 (7c. 10b)
Rom 1: 1-7
Mt 1:18-24


Such was his intention when suddenly the angel of the Lord appeared in a dream and said to him: “Joseph…have no fear about taking Mary as your wife. Mt. 1:20

All of today’s scriptures are about the birth of a baby and our readiness for such an event. Birth comes in many forms. We can birth ideas, dreams, choices and the willingness to respond to God’s invitations. In all cases the period of waiting seems long. Time is needed to prepare our bodies, our minds and our hearts. But now the waiting is almost over, the preparation time is done. It was Joseph’s intention to protect Mary and send her away quietly, but the message from the angel/ God changed his plans. Joseph came to see the situation in a different light and thus Jesus was born in a stable and today comes to us as savior and friend. We, who have been called to belong to Jesus Christ, are called to birth. Maybe we are asked to change our minds. Something new is waiting to happen, something else needs to emerge in our life and in our world. It can be seen in the faces of children especially the children, who along with their parents, are fleeing oppression and starvation


Jesus, bless the children separated from their parents. Bless parents who are desperate for a more peaceful life for their children. Bless me with generosity and giving wherever I find need.

Personal Challenge

I have opportunities this day to enrich the life of someone in need. May I respond whole heartedly.

Sister Barbara Sullivan, CSJ
Camarillo, CA

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