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<< Sunday, December 19, 1999 >> Fourth Sunday of Advent
 
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-11, 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 Christ-mas 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 He (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: 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 Flower of Jesse's stem, You have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in Your presence; the nations bow down in worship before You. Come, let nothing keep You from coming to our aid."
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, July 21, 1999
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 29, 1999
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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