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<< Sunday, December 21, 2014 >> Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Romans 16:25-27

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Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Luke 1:26-38

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A "MARY," MERRY CHRISTMAS

 
"Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be...?' " —Luke 1:34
 

To have a true Christmas, to meet Christ at Mass in a new, glorious way during the Christmas season, we must have a "Mary" Christmas and love Jesus as Mary does. To have a "Mary" Christmas, we should:

  • not fear (Lk 1:30),
  • be filled with God's grace (Lk 1:30),
  • have "the Holy Spirit...come upon" us (Lk 1:35),
  • believe that "nothing is impossible with God" (Lk 1:37),
  • rejoice in being the Lord's servants, that is, the slaves of the Lord (Lk 1:38),
  • "let it be done" to us according to God's Word (Lk 1:38),
  • trust "that the Lord's words" to us will "be fulfilled" (Lk 1:45),
  • proclaim "the greatness of the Lord" and find "joy in God" our Savior (Lk 1:46-47),
  • "be pierced with a sword" of sorrow (Lk 2:35),
  • "do whatever [Jesus] tells" us and tell others to do the same (Jn 2:5),
  • be at the foot of Jesus' cross (Jn 19:25), and
  • together devote ourselves to constant prayer for a new Pentecost (Acts 1:14).

A "Mary" Christmas is a Christmas of faith, joy, self-sacrifice, obedience, evangelistic zeal, redemptive suffering, praise-filled worship, and constant prayer in the Holy Spirit.

"Mary" Christmas!

 
Prayer: Prayer: Jesus, may You get what You want for Christmas.
Promise: "The favors of the Lord I will sing forever; through all generations my mouth shall proclaim Your faithfulness." —Ps 89:2
Praise: "O Radiant Dawn, Splendor of eternal light, Sun of Justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death."
 
 
 
Rescript: In accord with the Code of Canon Law, I hereby grant my permission to publish One Bread, One Body covering the period from December 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015.
†Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 30, 2014.
 
The rescript is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted ecclesial permission agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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