Fourth Sunday of Advent

Sunday, December 20th


2 Sm 7:1-5,8b-12,14a,16
Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29
Rom 16:25-27
Lk 1:26-38


And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you” But she was troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be” Lk 1:28

Hail, favored One. The Lord is with you. God comes to Mary and has a special request of her, to David with a special request for him and God comes to each of us. First God reassures Mary and us that we are favored. We are invited to carry out God’s Love and work. The first reading tells us to not presume we know what God is directing us to do. We need to listen to the “Holy Spirit coming upon us and overshadowing” us. The passage from Romans calls us to seek the revelation of the mystery kept secret and now manifested, to be obedient to the “only wise God” through Jesus Christ. This call will change with time and be manifested in today’s world. God said to David “I will fix a place for my people Israel”. In today’s world it is long overdue for a place to be fixed for People of Color, refugees, and immigrants.


God, praying with you is not for the faint hearted. You challenge us to believe we are included as the favored ones and that you overshadow us. Then of course, you ask me to help carry out your work. Give me your Wisdom, Courage, and stamina to be with your Spirit to bring you more fully into today’s world.

Personal Challenge

To be one with the Spirit letting go of my limited ideas of what I can do for and with you in order to fix a place for People of Color. To allow myself to be overshadowed by the Spirit.

Rose McLarney

Kansas City, MO

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