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<< Sunday, December 22, 2002 >> 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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"MARY" CHRISTMAS?

 
"Mary said, 'Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.' " —Luke 1:38
 

Before the first Christmas, Mary prayed: "May it be done to me according to Your word" (Lk 1:38). The effects of this prayer were:

  • The Holy Spirit came upon Mary (Lk 1:35).
  • She became pregnant by a miracle of the Holy Spirit.
  • Mary became the mother of God.
  • She was in danger of being divorced by her husband, Joseph (Mt 1:19; Dt 22:21-23).
  • She was in danger of being stoned or strangled as punishment for adultery (see Mt 1:19).
  • She had her baby in a stable (Lk 2:7).
  • She suffered many other sorrows and even witnessed her Son's execution by crucifixion.
  • She was taken to heaven to be Queen of heaven and earth.

Before this Christmas, we need to pray with Mary: "May it be done to me according to Your word" (Lk 1:38). The effects of this prayer will be:

  • We will repent and forgive.
  • We will meet Christ in a deep and personal way this Christmas.
  • Our lives will change.
  • We will tell people about Jesus and His love.
  • We will be persecuted.
  • We'll be awed by Christ's love and surprised at His works.
  • We will become servants, even slaves, of Christ (see Lk 1:38 in Greek).

Pray with Mary as Mary prayed before the Incarnation. "Mary" Christmas!

 
Prayer: Father, may I love You as Mary does.
Promise: "I will be a Father to him, and he shall be a son to Me." —2 Sm 7:14
Praise: "O come, Desire of nations."
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend David L. Zink, June 12, 2002
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 13, 2002
 
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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